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The Effects of Tobacco Control Policies on Tobacco Products, Tar, and Nicotine Purchases among Adults: Evidence from Household Panel Data

Chad Cotti, Erik Nesson and Nathan Tefft

American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2016, vol. 8, issue 4, 103-23

Abstract: We analyze the Nielsen Household Consumer Panel to estimate the effects of tobacco policies on tobacco-related purchases using within-household variation. We also match purchases to cigarette contents from NHANES. Higher cigarette taxes reduce cigarette purchases and increase smoking cessation product purchases, while estimates of smoking ban effects are less precisely estimated. Smokeless tobacco (SLT) taxes lead to reductions in SLT use but also lead to substitution among SLT products. We find evidence that cigarette taxes induce purchases of cigarettes with higher tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide contents, but this compensatory behavior is overwhelmed by the reduction in cigarettes purchased.

JEL-codes: D12 H25 H31 I18 L66 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
Note: DOI: 10.1257/pol.20150268
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