The Economics of Tobacco Regulation: A Comprehensive Review
Michael F. Lovenheim
Journal of Economic Literature
no. 3, September 2022
Tobacco regulation has been a major component of health policy in the developed world since the UK Royal College of Physicians' and the US Surgeon General's reports in the 1960s. Such
regulation, which has intensified in the past two decades, includes cigarette taxation, place-based smoking bans in areas ranging from bars and restaurants to workplaces, and regulations designed
to make tobacco products less desirable. More recently, the availability of alternative products, most notably e-cigarettes, has increased dramatically, and these products are just starting to be
regulated. Despite an extensive body of research on tobacco regulations, there remains substantial debate regarding their effectiveness, and ultimately, their impact on economic welfare. We
provide the first comprehensive review of the state of research in the economics of tobacco regulation in two decades.
DeCicca, Philip, Donald Kenkel, and Michael F. Lovenheim.
"The Economics of Tobacco Regulation: A Comprehensive Review."
Journal of Economic Literature,
Business Taxes and Subsidies including sales and value-added (VAT)
Tax Evasion and Avoidance
Environmental, Energy, Health, and Safety Law
Economics of Regulation
Food; Beverages; Cosmetics; Tobacco; Wine and Spirits