Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

, Volume 21, Issue 2–3, pp 311–340

Racial Difference in the Determinants of Smoking Onset

  • Philip DeCicca
  • Donald Kenkel
  • Alan Mathios
Article

Abstract

The large differences in youth smoking behavior across ethnic and racial groups are often overlooked in debates about prevention. This study examines how the determinants of the onset of smoking vary by race and ethnicity. Academic success is strongly associated with lower smoking rates among white youth, but this is not as true for Hispanics and African-Americans. Cultural assimilation may be an important determinant of smoking for Hispanics. Price increases do not appear to reduce smoking onset among white youth, but the results provide some support that higher prices will reduce smoking among Hispanic and African-American youth.

health youth smoking racial differences peer behaviors price responsiveness cultural assimilation 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip DeCicca
    • 1
  • Donald Kenkel
    • 2
  • Alan Mathios
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MichiganUSA
  2. 2.Department of Policy Analysis and ManagementCornell UniversityIthaca
  3. 3.Cornell UniversityUSA

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