Research on Underage Cigarette Consumption

By Angie Qin and An Hu. New York University. 

Over decades, we witness a significant increase in amount of research on cigarette consumption. Among these researches, many are focusing on the effects of cigarette prices on the cigarette consumptions among adults and adolescents. A majority of these researches reach conclusions such as the prices of cigarettes are signi cant determinants of its purchases.

While many economic researchers has established many economic relationships between the good and its various determinants, this paper will examine the association between the age and tobacco use. It provides a comprehensive review of the data on ciga- rettes consumption levels at different age in the United States of America. It hypothesizes that smoking is more common and prevalent in the older age groups where accessibility of tobacco is relatively high and easy.

In modern times, the social gradient of smoking is well established for our citizens: smoking has been widespread for several decades and its health-retarding effects can
also be measured reliably. us, throughout our times, many researchers, scientists and academic elites have attempted to understand the motivations and rationale behind the consumption of cigarettes. What are the determinants? What are its impacts on society besides its hazardous effect to our health? As a lot of researches have been done on the relationship between health, prices, elasticity and income, our group will attempt to delve into the relationship between consumption of cigarettes and underage consumers in the United States. We aim to construct a model via using US country-level data of underage tobacco consumption and see an indication of significant association between the older age group and the higher number of healthy-damaging behavior in the form of cigarette consumption.

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