The Impact of Tobacco Control Policies on Adolescent Smoking: Comparing Self-Reports and Biomarkers
Erik Nesson ()
American Journal of Health Economics, 2017, vol. 3, issue 4, 507-527
This paper provides new evidence on how tobacco control policies affect adolescent smoking as measured by self-reported measures and serum cotinine levels, a biomarker of nicotine exposure. I use data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys covering 1988â€“1994 and 1999â€“2012. Higher cigarette excise taxes lead to statistically significant decreases in smoking prevalence as measured by both self-reports and serum cotinine levels. Among self-reported smokers, cigarette excise taxes are associated with statistically significant reductions in serum cotinine levels but not in cigarette consumption. Among likely smokers, as defined by serum cotinine levels, I do not find that cigarette excise taxes reduce serum cotinine levels on the intensive margin, but I do find that tobacco control policies, especially policies directed at minors, may increase the incidence of misreported smoking status.
Keywords: adolescent cigarette smoking; cigarette taxes; serum cotinine (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 I12 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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