Eastern Economic Journal
The differential effects of cigarette prices, smoking restrictions, and youth access laws on five stages of smoking uptake among U.S. high school students is examined. The results of the generalized ordered logit indicate that higher cigarette prices are negatively related to being further on the smoking uptake continuum and that their impact is increasing with the probability of becoming an established smoker increases. Compliance with youth access laws may slow the uptake process. This effect is strongest for students at the last stages of smoking uptake. Higher cigarette prices and policies reducing youth access to cigarettes can interrupt adolescents’ progress toward becoming daily, addicted smokers.