Behavioral Economics and Tobacco Control: Current Practices and Future Opportunities

Dalia Littman, Scott E. Sherman, Andrea B. Troxel, Elizabeth R. Stevens

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Despite considerable progress, smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. To address the considerable health and economic burden of tobacco use, the development of improved tobacco control and treatment interventions is critical. By combining elements of economics and psychology, behavioral economics provides a framework for novel solutions to treat smokers who have failed to quit with traditional smoking cessation interventions. The full range of behavioral economic principles, however, have not been widely utilized in the realm of tobacco control and treatment. Given the need for improved tobacco control and treatment, the limited use of other behavioral economic principles represents a substantial missed opportunity. For this reason, we sought to describe the principles of behavioral economics as they relate to tobacco control, highlight potential gaps in the behavioral economics tobacco research literature, and provide examples of potential interventions that use each principle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8174
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022


  • behavioral economics
  • economics
  • psychology
  • smoking
  • tobacco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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