Quantifying the cost of passive smoking on child health: evidence from children's cotinine samples

Frijters, Paul, Shields, Michael A., Price, Stephen Wheatley and Williams, Jenny (2011) Quantifying the cost of passive smoking on child health: evidence from children's cotinine samples. Journal of The Royal Statistical Society Series A-Statistics In Society, 174 1: 195-212. doi:10.1111/j.1467-985X.2010.00666.x

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Author Frijters, Paul
Shields, Michael A.
Price, Stephen Wheatley
Williams, Jenny
Title Quantifying the cost of passive smoking on child health: evidence from children's cotinine samples
Journal name Journal of The Royal Statistical Society Series A-Statistics In Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0964-1998
1467-985X
Publication date 2011
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-985X.2010.00666.x
Open Access Status
Volume 174
Issue 1
Start page 195
End page 212
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract We document the main risk factors that determine children's exposure to passive smoke, and we use econometric techniques to provide a new economic quantification of the effect of this exposure on child health. One of our main contributions is the use of a large nationally representative sample of children drawn from the Health Survey for England, for whom we match parental and household smoking and demographic characteristics. We use an objective measure of children's exposure, namely the level of cotinine in their saliva. We find that both parental and child carer smoking behaviour are major risk factors in determining children's exposure to passive smoke. For a child who is exposed to a high number of passive smoking risk factors, the income equivalence of such exposure is £16000 per year. Finally, comprehensively controlling for child passive smoking does not explain the observed gradient between household income and parental-reported child health in England.
Keyword Child health
Cotinine
Income
Parental smoking
Passive smoking
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 4 NOV 2010

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
School of Economics Publications
 
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