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ERIC Number: EJ1151930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1067-828X
Price-Minimizing Behaviors in Response to Increasing Tobacco Price: A Cross-Sectional Study of Students
Rutter, Lucy; Britton, John; Langley, Tessa
Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, v26 n5 p367-375 2017
Background: The public health benefits of tobacco taxation are undermined when smokers engage in price-minimizing behaviors other than quitting in response to rising prices. Methods: 314 students at the University of Nottingham, UK, completed an online survey about their smoking behavior and their likely responses to hypothetical tobacco price increases. Results: Cessation intent and the likelihood of switching to cheaper products were linked to price. Seven percent said they would quit in response to a £0.50 increase in the price of their product; however, 68% said they would quit if it doubled. Among manufactured cigarette smokers who would switch products if the price of cigarettes doubled, 33% said they would switch to roll-your-own. Forty-four percent stated they would switch to e-cigarettes if tobacco became unaffordable. Conclusions: Large price increases could reduce prevalence among young adult smokers. This effect could be undermined by these smokers accessing cheaper alternatives to manufactured cigarettes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Nottingham)
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