The next section of the paper examines the two alternative theories of smoking cessation behavior in more detail, and suggests their implications for unsuccessful quitting, as well as for successful quitting.
Rationality versus self-discipline problems--implications for smoking cessation behavior
Their results thus support the view that rational addiction has strong explanatory power for smoking cessation behavior.
In order to shed empirical light on the relative importance of rational incentives versus imperfect self-discipline as explanators of smoking cessation behavior, we further extend both explanations to cover the case of unsuccessful smoking cessation.
Our analysis of smoking cessation behavior is based on two multinomial logit estimations.
We then consider the results for unsuccessful quitters, which should shed further light on the relevance of rational addiction and self-control problems to smoking cessation behavior.
We have extended previous work on rational addiction to develop a set of hypotheses concerning the effects of rational addiction on successful and unsuccessful smoking cessation behavior for various demographic groups, stratified by age, ethnicity, income, and schooling.