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Price effects on the smoking behaviour of adult age groups
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Public Health

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The Americas
Economy status
High-income economies
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Abstract

Objectives
To provide a cigarette price elasticity reference for adult age groups, and to estimate the smoking behaviour changes in US adults in light of unprecedented state excise tax increases on cigarettes during the 1990s.

Study design
Individual-level data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for 1993–2000 were merged with state-level cigarette price and tax data.

Methods
Data were analysed for different age groups using a weighted least squares regression framework. The outcome variables measured were whether an individual was a smoker, whether he/she had tried to quit smoking during the previous year, and how many cigarettes were smoked per day among the total population and among active smokers.

Results
This study confirmed previous results that younger individuals are more responsive to price changes than older individuals. Although older age groups are less sensitive to price changes, their smoking behaviour changes are still statistically significant.

Conclusions
This study found that while older individuals are less responsive to price changes than younger individuals, their behavioural changes due to cigarette price increases should not be ignored.