Obesity and smoking: can we kill two birds with one tax?

Davide Dragone, Francesco Manaresi, Luca Savorelli

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    Abstract

    The debate on tobacco and fat taxes often treats smoking and eating as independent behaviors. However, the available evidence shows that they are interdependent, which implies that policies against smoking or obesity may have larger scope than expected. To address this issue, we propose a dynamic rational model where eating, smoking, and physical exercise are simultaneous choices that jointly affect body weight and addiction to smoking. Focusing on direct and cross-price effects, we study the impact of tobacco and food taxes, and we show that in both cases a single policy tool can reduce both smoking and body weight.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1464-1482
    Number of pages19
    JournalHealth Economics
    Volume25
    Issue number11
    Early online date22 Sept 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

    Keywords

    • Addiction
    • Fat tax
    • Obesity
    • Physical exercise
    • Tobacco

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