Effects of Public Policy on Adolescents' Cigar Use

Evidence From the National Youth Tobacco Survey

by Jeanne Ringel, Jeffrey Wasserman, Tatiana Andreyeva

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To determine the effect of prices and regulations on the demand for cigars among youth, we estimated logistic regression models of the probability of current cigar smoking among students in grades 6 to 12 with data from the 1999 and 2000 waves of the National Youth Tobacco Survey. We found that youth cigar demand is sensitive to price but not state tobacco-control regulations. The results suggested that raising excise taxes on cigars could reduce cigar use prevalence among youths.

Reprinted with permission from American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 95, No. 6, June 2005, pp. 995-998. Copyright © 2005 American Public Health Association.

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Originally published in: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 95, No. 6, June 2005, pp. 995-998.

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