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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(12), 3143-3155; doi:10.3390/ijerph6123143

Effect of Medicaid Coverage of Tobacco-Dependence Treatments on Smoking Cessation

School of Economics, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, 777 Guoding Road, Shanghai 200433, China
Received: 20 October 2009 / Accepted: 4 December 2009 / Published: 9 December 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Behavior and Public Health)
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Abstract

Smoking cessation aids (nicotine replacement products and anti-depressant medication) have been proven to double quitting rates compared to placebo in several randomized controlled trials. But the high initial cost of cessation aids might create a financial barrier to cessation for low-income smokers. In the U.S., Medicaid provides health insurance coverage to low-income people, and in some states covers smoking cessation products. This paper uses nationally representative data of the U.S. to examine how the Medicaid coverage of cessation aids affect smoking behavior. The results indicate the Medicaid coverage of cessation products is positively associated with successful quitting among women aged 18–44.
Keywords: Medicaid; smoking cessation; health insurance; tobacco dependence treatment Medicaid; smoking cessation; health insurance; tobacco dependence treatment
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Liu, F. Effect of Medicaid Coverage of Tobacco-Dependence Treatments on Smoking Cessation. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 3143-3155.

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