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

Eur J Cancer Prev. 2003 Aug;12(4):333-7. doi: 10.1097/00008469-200308000-00015.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Commerce
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Models, Statistical
  • Prevalence
  • Regression Analysis
  • Smoking / economics
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking / trends*
  • Time Factors