Abstract We investigate the efect of tobacco control policies on smoking initiation in eleven European countries. Based on individual data about age of onset of smoking, we use hazard rate models to study smoking initiation. Thus, we are able to take into account observed and unobserved personal characteristics as well as the efect of the introduction of a variety of tobacco control policies including price and and non-price policies, i.e., bans on tobacco advertisements, smoke-free air regulation, health warnings on packages of cigarettes, and treatment programs to help smokers quit smoking. We fnd that higher tobacco prices have a negative efect on the initiation into smoking for males but not for females. We fnd no efect of non-price tobacco control policies on smoking initiation.

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Keywords Tobacco control policies · Smoking initiation · Hazard rate models
JEL Health Production: Nutrition, Mortality, Morbidity, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Disability, and Economic Behavior (jel I12), Duration Analysis (jel C41)
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/119688
Journal The European Journal of Health Economics
Citation
Palali, A., & van Ours, J.C. (2019). The impact of tobacco control policies on smoking initiation in eleven European countries. The European Journal of Health Economics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/119688