Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
The purpose of this study was to estimate the willingness to quit cigarette price among Korean male adults, and to examine the factors affecting the willingness to quit cigarette price.
The data was collected by a random digit dial telephone survey. 702 samples were analyzed by using ttests, ANOVA and OLS regression analysis. To estimate the willingness to quit cigarette price, smokers were asked
dichotomous questions with open-ended follow-up and the starting point of the price was randomized by one of 5 bid prices elicited from a pilot study.
The mean of the willingness to quit cigarette price was 4,287 Won per package, which was about 2,000 Won higher than the mean of the actual price the smokers now paid. About 41% of respondents were willing to quit
smoking if the price of cigarette would be increased by 3,000 Won, and if the price would be increased by 20,000
Won, all respondents were willing to quit smoking. The factors associated with the willingness to quit cigarette
price were the place of residence, the amount of smoking and the degree of exposure to smoking through the mass media.
The results showed that to get people to quit smoking, increasing the cigarette price would obviously be effective and much higher prices have a greater effect. Furthermore, to enlarge the effect of increased cigarette prices, providing more cessation programs to small towns, reducing the amount of smoking and decreasing or
prohibiting advertisements of cigarettes and smoking in the mass media will be efficient.