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CIGARETTE QUITLINES, TAXES, AND OTHER TOBACCO CONTROL POLICIES: A STATE-LEVEL ANALYSIS

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Correspondence to: University of Texas Administration Building (UTA), 1616 Guadalupe Street, Suite 6.300, Austin, Texas 78723, USA. E-mail: Henry.S.Brown@uth.tmc.edu

ABSTRACT

This paper estimates monthly quitline calls using panel data at the state level from January 2005 to June 2010. Calls to state quitline numbers (or 1-800-QUITNOW) were measured per million adult smokers in each state. The policies considered include excise taxes, workplace and public smoking bans, and a Peter Jennings television-based program warning of the health risks of smoking. We found that people anticipating increases in prices begin attempting to quit by calling quitlines. Finally, the Peter Jennings media campaign was highly correlated with quitline calls. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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