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Tobacco sales prohibition and teen smoking
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4636229
Author(s) Meier, Armando N.; Odermatt, Reto; Stutzer, Alois
Author(s) at UniBasel Stutzer, Alois
Year 2021
Title Tobacco sales prohibition and teen smoking
Journal Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Volume 188
Pages / Article-Number 998-1014
Keywords Prohibition, Tobacco sales bans, Youth smoking, Attitudes toward smoking, Tobacco prevention
Abstract We evaluate one of the most prevalent prohibitory policies: banning the sales of tobacco to teens. We exploit the staggered introduction of sales bans across Switzerland and analyze rich data from 2001 to 2016. The estimates do not indicate an immediate or long-run systematic reduction in the overall prevalence of smoking because of sales bans. We also examine a range of behavioral mechanisms that are key to understand the consequences of prohibitory policies such as habit formation, social appeal of smoking, circumvention behavior, or risk perceptions. Among others, we find that teens circumvent the bans by getting cigarettes from peers. Moreover, teens consider smokers less cool when a sales ban is in place, but they do not consider smoking more dangerous.
Publisher Elsevier
ISSN/ISBN 0167-2681 ; 2328-7616
Full Text on edoc Available
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1016/j.jebo.2021.06.002
ISI-Number WOS:000684548500019
Document type (ISI) Article

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