Effects of Public Policy on Adolescents' Cigar Use

Evidence from the National Youth Tobacco Survey

Published in: American Journal of Public Health, v. 95, no. 6, June 2005, p. 995-998.

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2005

by Jeanne S. Ringel, Jeffrey Wasserman, Tatiana Andreyeva

To determine the effect of prices and regulations on youth cigar demand, the authors 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. The authors 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.

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