Tobacco prices, restrictions and use among youth

The Foundation's Tobacco Policy Research and Evaluation Program was designed to provide support for research and evaluation projects that will produce policy relevant information about ways to reduce tobacco use in the U.S., especially among children and youth.Research indicates that an increase in the price of cigarettes reduces both the probability of smoking as well as cigarette consumption among smokers. Price responsiveness among youth was estimated to be as much as three times higher than that estimated for adults. The purpose of this project is to study the impact of cigarette prices, restrictions on smoking in public places, and limits on youth access to cigarettes on smoking participation and the frequency of cigarette consumption among high school seniors. In addition, the effects of smokeless tobacco taxes and related policies on the probability and frequency of their use among youths will be examined. The 1982 and 1992 surveys of high school seniors conducted by the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research as part of Monitoring the Future project will be used to address these issues. Site-specific cigarette prices, cigarette excise taxes, smokeless tobacco taxes, state and local restrictions on cigarette smoking, limits on youth access to tobacco, and related policies will be added to the survey data.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $75,836.00

Awarded on: 9/27/1993

Time frame: 10/1/1993 - 9/30/1995

Grant Number: 22932


National Bureau of Economic Research Inc.

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Cambridge, 02138-5398


Frank Joseph Chaloupka
Project Director