Cigarette demand is responsive to higher prices: Findings from a survey of university students in Jordan

Nadia J. Sweis, Rajeev Cherukupalli

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Abstract

Objective: To estimate the price elasticity of cigarette demand for university students aged 18-24 years in Jordan. Methods: Questions from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey were adapted and administered to students from 10 public universities in Jordan in 2014. A two-part econometric model of cigarette demand was estimated. Results: Nearly one-third of university students in Jordan smoke, purchasing 33.2 packs per month and paying 1.70 Jordanian dinars on average (US$2.40) for a pack of 20 cigarettes. The price elasticity of cigarette demand was estimated to be -1.15. Conclusions: Higher taxes may be particularly effective in reducing smoking among University students in Jordan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-633
Number of pages3
JournalTobacco control
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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