The Effect of Taxes and Rising Cigarette Prices on the Behavior of Adolescents in Taiwan Who Smoke Smuggled Cigarettes

Chi Jung Hsieh, Jie Min Lee

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ABSTRACT: This article seeks to gain insight into how rising cigarette prices resulting from a 2009 health and tobacco tax affect the behavior of adolescents in Taiwan who smoke smuggled cigarettes. We find there is a high probability that adolescent smokers (especially those between the ages of 12 and 15) who are considering smoking less or thinking about quitting altogether will purchase illicit cigarettes frequently. Consequently, it is critical that government policymakers understand adolescents' attitudes, behaviors, and opinions regarding their cigarette-buying decisions and that they create smoking prevention measures that effectively target this segment of the population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-228
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 3

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Adolescent Behavior
Taxes
Taiwan
Smoke
Tobacco Products
taxes
adolescent
smoking
Smoking
nicotine
purchase
Health Services Needs and Demand
Tobacco
health
Health

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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