The hazards of starting and quitting smoking: some Australian evidence

Kidd, Michael P. and Hopkins, Sandra 2004, The hazards of starting and quitting smoking: some Australian evidence, The economic record, vol. 80, no. 249, pp. 177-192.

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Title The hazards of starting and quitting smoking: some Australian evidence
Author(s) Kidd, Michael P.
Hopkins, Sandra
Journal name The economic record
Volume number 80
Issue number 249
Start page 177
End page 192
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2004-06
ISSN 0013-0249
1475-4932
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 140208 Health Economics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, The Economic Society of Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004165

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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