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Anti-smoking policy in Russia: Relevant factors and program planning

Tatiana Kossova, Elena Kossova and Maria Sheluntcova

Evaluation and Program Planning, 2018, vol. 69, issue C, 43-52

Abstract: In this paper, we consider anti-smoking policy in Russia and the socioeconomic factors that influence an individual’s decision to smoke. Among various factors, we investigate the individual time preferences of Russians. To estimate individual time preferences, we use an experiment in which survey respondents are given hypothetical money prizes. We find that being middle-aged, being unmarried and having parents who smoke are positively correlated with both men and women’s likelihood of taking up smoking in Russia. We consider the possible endogeneity of an individual’s health status and find a positive relationship between smoking and the time preferences of Russians. Our findings confirm that decisionmakers should devote their efforts primarily to developing restrictive anti-smoking policy. The choice of policy measures should be guided by the individual characteristics of target population groups. Social advertising, public lectures and preventive care should be actively engaged in forming public attitudes towards smoking.

Keywords: Smoking; Program planning; Policy measures; Socioeconomic factors; Rate of time preferences; Russia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H43 D9 I1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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