Teen penalties for tobacco possession, use, and purchase: evidence and issues.

  title={Teen penalties for tobacco possession, use, and purchase: evidence and issues.},
  author={Melanie A. Wakefield and Gary A. Giovino},
  journal={Tobacco control},
  volume={12 Suppl 1},
A handful of empirical studies have related changes in youth smoking to popular laws that penalise tobacco possession, use, and purchase (PUP). In this paper, we review the literature and outline reasons why PUP laws may be unlikely to reduce youth smoking significantly at the population level. In theoretical terms, we argue that PUP laws lack important features required for punishment to be effective in changing behaviour. In practical terms, PUP transgressions seem difficult to detect… CONTINUE READING

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