Public policy and youth smokeless tobacco use
Publication Source

Southern Economic Journal

Journal article
The Americas
Economy status
High-income economies

Much is known about the effects of prices and tobacco control policies on cigarette smoking, but little is known about their impact on smokeless tobacco use. This paper uses data from Monitoring the Future Surveys, augmented with tobacco tax and policy-related measures, estimate smokeless tobacco demand equations for young males. The estimates indicate higher smokeless tobacco taxes would significantly reduce the number of young men smokeless tobacco and the frequency of smokeless tobacco use. In addition, the estimates that strong limits on youth access to tobacco products reduce smokeless tobacco use by young males.