Discussion Paper No.1603

Abstract :
In this paper, I overview the recent smoking control policies (SCPs) in Japan and review the empirical economic research evaluating them. In addition, I review the recent Japanese research investigating the demand for smoking and cigarettes from the perspectives of behavioral economics and the economics of well-being. Reviewing these Japanese experiences provides useful policy implications for designing effective SCPs and improving the health status, quality of life, and public health for Japan and other countries in the future.

Keywords : Smoking; Smoking control policies; Empirical economic research; Health economics; Japan