After Tobacco: What Would Happen If Americans Stopped Smoking?

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Peter S. Bearman, Kathryn M. Neckerman, Leslie Wright
Columbia University Press, 2011 - Medical - 446 pages
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States have banned smoking in workplaces, restaurants, and bars. They have increased tobacco tax rates, extended "clean air" laws, and mounted dramatic antismoking campaigns. Yet tobacco use remains high among Americans, prompting many health professionals to seek bolder measures to reduce smoking rates, which has raised concerns about the social and economic consequences of these measures.

Retail and hospitality businesses worry smoking bans and excise taxes will reduce profit, and with tobacco farming and cigarette manufacturing concentrated in southeastern states, policymakers fear the decline of regional economies. Such concerns are not necessarily unfounded, though until now, no comprehensive survey has responded to these beliefs by capturing the impact of tobacco control across the nation. This book, the result of research commissioned by Legacy and Columbia University's Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, considers the economic impact of reducing smoking rates on tobacco farmers, cigarette-factory workers, the southeastern regional economy, state governments, tobacco retailers, the hospitality industry, and nonprofit organizations that might benefit from the industry's philanthropy. It also measures the effect of smoking reduction on mortality rates, medical costs, and Social Security. Concluding essays consider the implications of more vigorous tobacco control policy for law enforcement, smokers who face social stigma, the mentally ill who may cope through tobacco, and disparities in health by race, social class, and gender.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Economic Implications for U S Tobacco Farmers of Measures to Reduce
49
Falling Consumption and Worker Displacement in the Cigarette
76
TobaccoDependent Communities and Tobacco Control Policy
106
Tobacco Retailer Employment
131
National Economic Impact of Clean Indoor Air Regulations on
160
Tobacco Industry Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector
191
The Effect on State and Local Taxes
206
The Effects of Tobacco Control Policy on the Social Security
290
Enhancing Compliance with Tobacco Control Policies
325
Stigma and Smoking Inequalities
351
The Unmet Needs of Smokers with Mental Illness or Addiction
367
The Effect of Tobacco Control Policies on Inequities in Smoking
381
After Tobacco
399
Acknowledgments and List ofContributors
409
Index
443

Estimating the Impact of Tobacco Control Policies on Future Mortality
233
Assessing the Effects of Tobacco Policy Changes on SmokingRelated
256

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Peter Bearman is the Cole Professor of the Social Sciences, director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and codirector of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars Program at Columbia University.

Kathryn M. Neckerman is a research associate in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago and former associate director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy.

Leslie Wright is the former project coordinator for the Center of Excellence in Women's Health at Boston University School of Medicine and former assistant director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University.

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