Health, addiction, social interaction and the decision to quit smoking

J Health Econ. 1994 Mar;13(1):93-110. doi: 10.1016/0167-6296(94)90006-x.


The decision to quit smoking is treated as a choice under uncertainty in an empirical model that incorporates health, medical advice, addiction, and social interaction. Probit models are estimated for attempts and success in quitting with data from the Health and Lifestyle Survey. The results show a clear role for addiction, social interaction and current health status. The evidence on the effectiveness of medical advice is ambiguous.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Choice Behavior
  • Data Collection
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Life Style
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Statistical
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology*
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data
  • United Kingdom