Price and consumption of tobacco in Italy over the last three decades

S. Gallus, E. Fernandez, J. Townsend, A. Schiaffino, C. La Vecchia

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Changes in cigarette price have had an appreciable impact on smoking consumption in several countries. We analysed the price elasticity of demand for cigarettes in Italy over the period 1970-2001. A 1% increase in price of cigarettes led to a 0.30% decline in smoking prevalence and to a 0.43% decline in cigarette consumption. The present analyses confirm the existence of an inverse association between price and prevalence/consumption of cigarettes in Italy, and indicate that economic aspects may have important public health implications in tobacco control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-337
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Prevention
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2003


  • Health policy
  • Health surveys
  • Italy
  • Price
  • Smuggling
  • Tobacco smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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