Health, addiction, social interaction and the decision to quit smoking

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The decision to quit smoking is treated as a choice under uncertainty in an empirical model that incorporates health, medical advice, addiction, and social interaction. Probit models are estimated for attempts and success in quitting with data from the Health and Lifestyle Survey. The results show a clear role for addiction, social interaction and current health status. The evidence on the effectiveness of medical advice is ambiguous.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-110
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Addiction
  • Smoking
  • Social interaction

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