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Control of smoking and price of cigarettes — a comment
  1. A. B. Atkinson,
  2. J. L. Skegg
  1. Department of Economics, University of Essex


    A recent paper by Russell concluded that sharp annual increases in the price of cigarettes should be an essential part of any programme aiming to reduce cigarette smoking by men in the United Kingdom. The present paper reports results of research indicating, however, that men in this country respond very little to changes in price of cigarettes but have been more influenced, albeit temporarily, by antismoking propaganda.

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    • The research reported in this paper is part of a joint project on the economic consequences of smoking between the MRC/DHSS Epidemiology and Medical Care Unit, Northwick Park Hospital and the Department of Economics, University of Essex.