How Does Youth Cigarette Use Respond to Weak Economic Periods? Implications for the Current Economic Crisis
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This paper examines whether youth cigarette use increases in weak economic periods (as do youth alcohol and drug use). The data come from the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. With repeated measures over the 1997-2006 period, for almost 9000 individuals, the samples include: 30,000+ teenagers (15-19) and 30,000+ young adults (20-24). Logit models with state and year controls are estimated. The results indicate that teenagers and young adults increase cigarette use when the economy is weaker, implying that the current financial crisis has likely increased youth cigarette use relative to what it would have otherwise been.
The article of record as published may be located at http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/10826084.2011.631962