Have efforts to reduce smoking really contributed to the obesity epidemic?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Two of the most notable trends in public health over the past 30 yr are the reductions in smoking rates and the rapid rise in obesity rates. Several studies have investigated the relationship between these trends but have drawn different conclusions. In this article, we revisit this issue, attempting to clarify the prior discrepant results. Overall, we find no support for the claim that rising cigarette taxes have significantly contributed to rising obesity rates. Instead, we find only a moderately sized effect among former smokers. (JEL I12) © 2008 Western Economic Association International.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nonnemaker, J; Finkelstein, E; Engelen, M; Hoerger, T; Farrelly, M

Published Date

  • April 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 366 - 376

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1465-7295

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0095-2583

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1465-7295.2008.00147.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus