Analysis of Smoking Habits in the American Youth

Abstract :

I investigate the uptake of cigarette smoking in a representative sample of American teenagers, surveyed in the 2014+ American National Youth Tobacco Survey. I find greater variation in the rate of smoking uptake between school than between states. Moreover, we find that two comparable (with identical confounders and random geographical effects), non-smoking children do not have the same probability of trying cigarettes within the next month–such probability increases with age. Ultimately, we find that rural, white teenagers are more likely to try their first cigarette earlier than their urban counterparts, controlling for race and sex.

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