The Hazards of Starting and Quitting Smoking: Some Australian Evidence
MetadataShow full item record
The empirical analysis employs individual level data from the Australian Health Survey combined with retrospective data on tobacco price matched to the age at which the individual started and quit smoking. Split-population hazard models are estimated for both starting and quitting smoking. The analysis suggests price plays a significant role in the decision to start smoking but not in the decision to quit. Further sensitivity analysis of different age groups and an alternative data source, questions the robustness of the significant role of price in the smoking initiation decision. From a policy perspective, the results indicate that increases in tobacco taxation can be an important instrument in reducing the incidence of smoking, but should be combined with other mechanisms such as mandating smoke-free environments and antismoking education. Our results strongly support the targeting of antismoking campaigns towards teenagers.
This article is reproduced here with the permission of the Economic Society of Australia. For further information about submitting articles to our journals and membership, please visit our website www.ecosoc.org.au.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Amonini, C.; Pettigrew, Simone; Clayforth, C. (2015)Background As smoking is increasingly de-normalised, different messages may become more appropriate for use in tobacco control advertisements to reflect the changing social environment. To date, more commonly used messages ...
Giglia, Roslyn; Binns, Colin; Alfonso, Helman (2006)BackgroundCigarette smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes and women who quit smoking at this time are able to reduce the risk of low birth weight, preterm labour, spontaneous abortion ...
Delivering a personalised smoking cessation intervention by community pharmacists in Western Australia : a randomised controlled trialBurford, Oksana J (2012)Background: Tobacco smoking leads to death or disability and a drain on national resources. The literature suggests that cigarette smoking continues to be a major modifiable risk factor for a variety of diseases and that ...