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News Archive 2008

Goel and Nelson Evaluate Smoking Policies Worldwide

The nature and effectiveness of various policy initiatives to combat smoking are assessed in a new book by economists Rajeev Goel of Illinois State University and Michael Nelson of the University of Akron. The book, Global Efforts to Combat Smoking, was released by Ashgate Publishing in February of 2008.

Goel and Nelson evaluate the relative effectiveness of price-based smoking control policies, including tax measures, in relation to non-price strategies including advertising restrictions, sales restrictions, territorial restrictions and health warnings. Evidence and conclusions are drawn from a variety of coutries around the world including developing countries where smoking is on the rise. One reviewer, Craig Gallet of California State University at Sacramento, declares the book a valuable find for "anyone interested in the intersection of economics, health, and public policy."