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Tobacco Sales Prohibition and Teen Smoking

Meier, Armando N. and Odermatt, Reto and Stutzer, Alois. (2019) Tobacco Sales Prohibition and Teen Smoking. Discussion Papers Series, (12231). Bonn.

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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 the European Union from 1990 to 2016. The estimates indicate a less than 1 percentage point reduction in teen smoking because of the bans. The reduction is substantially lower than the 5 percentage point reduction expected by health officials. We examine additional outcomes relevant to assessing any prohibitory policy. We find that teens circumvent the bans through peers. Moreover, they consider smokers less cool but do not think smoking is more dangerous.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Politische ├ľkonomie (Stutzer)
UniBasel Contributors:Stutzer, Alois and Odermatt, Reto and Meier, Armando Nicolas
Item Type:Working Paper
Publisher:IZA
ISSN:2365-9793
Number of Pages:67
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Discussion paper / Internet publication
Language:English
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