Cigarette Taxes, Smoking, and Exercise

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Cigarette Taxes, Smoking, and Exercise The primary purpose of this study is to analyze whether cigarette taxes have an effect on exercise behavior. The authors creates a conceptual framework that describes how cigarette taxes could effects exercising habits and test its implications empirically using survey data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Preliminary results indicates cigarette taxes are negatively correlated with exercise behavior. Past studies on cigarette taxes have primarily been focused on its effect on reducing smoking. Some studies have also found a relationship between cigarette taxes and obesity rates. However this is the first study that is aimed at analyzing the effects of cigarette taxes on…show more content…
The magnitude of the off-set would determine the overall impact of the cigarette taxes on the health outcome. However, if a person’s only concern is weight management, then a reduction in exercises due to reduced cigarette consumption would both have negative effects on weight management and hence reduce person’s health. One shortcoming of the theoretical framework is, its assumption that exercises yield disutility to the person. In other words, it is assumed that persons dislike exercising and only exercises for its beneficial effects on health. This assumption seems unrealistic since it is very probable that people gain utility from exercising itself. If this assumption is relaxed, it is possible that people will not off-set the reduction in cigarette consumption by a reduction in exercise, which would then have a positive effect on the overall health function. The authors test the validity theoretical framework by conduction a regression analysis using data from the BRFSS, where a measure of exercise for an individual is regressed on state cigarette taxes along with other explanatory variables. The preliminary results indicate that cigarette taxes reduces exercise. However, results from some falsification test suggest that the results may not be credible. In my opinion this study successfully creates a theoretical model that could explain the ways in which cigarette taxes could exercise behavior. However, limitations in the empirical
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