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Research Article

Effect of the California Tobacco Control Program on Personal Health Care Expenditures

  • James M Lightwood,

    Affiliations: Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America, School of Pharmacy, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Alexis Dinno,

    Affiliation: Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Stanton A Glantz mail

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: glantz@medicine.ucsf.edu

    Affiliations: Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and Department of Medicine (Cardiology), University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Published: August 26, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0050178

About the Authors

James M Lightwood, Alexis Dinno, Stanton A Glantz
Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America
James M Lightwood
School of Pharmacy, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America
Stanton A Glantz
Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and Department of Medicine (Cardiology), University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: glantz@medicine.ucsf.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

JML developed the cointegrating regression model and did all the calculations to fit the model and do the model validity and reliability tests. AD collected some of the data and performed the Monte Carlo simulations to estimate savings associated with the CTCP and the associated confidence intervals. SAG formulated the general question and the conceptual model. All three authors contributed to preparing the manuscript for submission.