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Smoking inequality across genders and socio-economic positions. Evidence from Italian data

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JournalJournal of Bioeconomics
DateAccepted/In press - 6 Aug 2020
DatePublished (current) - 2 Sep 2020
Issue number3
Volume22
Number of pages27
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

There has been a dearth of literature on smoking inequalities, in spite of its contribution to health inequalities. We exploit Italian individual-level data from repeated cross-sections of the annual household survey, “Aspects of Daily Life,” that was part of the Multipurpose Survey carried out by the Italian National Statistical Office (ISTAT) for the period 1999–2012 to identify the main socio-demographic characteristics that determine smoking inequalities. We use the Concentration Index to identify in which groups smoking is relatively more prevalent. We find that, among men, pro-rich inequality is driven by members of the lower socio-economic positions, while we observe the opposite for women. We encourage policymakers to address the issue of smoking inequalities, which the current policies have largely disregarded.

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