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Bo Feng

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Department of Public Management and Policy
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July 2019The Effect of E-Cigarette Taxes on Pre-pregnancy and Prenatal Smoking
with Rahi Abouk, Scott Adams, Johanna Catherine Maclean, Michael F. Pesko: w26126
We use the universe of birth records in the United States from 2013 to 2018 to examine the effect of e-cigarette tax rates on pre-pregnancy smoking and prenatal smoking. We study these questions using two-way fixed effects models and pregnancy fixed effects models. We show that e-cigarette taxes increase pre-pregnancy smoking, increase prenatal smoking, and lower smoking cessation during pregnancy. These findings imply that e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes are substitutes among pregnant women. We also find evidence that e-cigarette taxes reduce pre-pregnancy and third trimester e-cigarette use.
April 2017The Effects of E-Cigarette Minimum Legal Sale Age Laws on Youth Substance Use
with Dhaval Dave, Michael F. Pesko: w23313
We use difference-in-differences models and individual-level data from the national and state Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) from 2005 to 2015 to examine the effects of e-cigarette Minimum Legal Sale Age (MLSA) laws on youth cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, and marijuana use. Our results suggest that these laws increased youth smoking participation by about one percentage point, and approximately half of the increased smoking participation could be attributed to smoking initiation. We find little evidence of higher cigarette smoking persisting beyond the point at which youth age out of the laws. Our results also show little effect of the laws on youth drinking, binge drinking, and marijuana use. Taken together, our findings suggest a possible unintended effect of e-...

Published: Dhaval Dave & Bo Feng & Michael F. Pesko, 2019. "The effects of e-cigarette minimum legal sale age laws on youth substance use," Health Economics, vol 28(3), pages 419-436. citation courtesy of

 
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