Frank Chaloupka

Professor of economics; director, UIC Health Policy Center


Frank Chaloupka

Frank Chaloupka, distinguished professor of economics and director of the UIC Health Policy Center. Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin/UIC Photo Services (click on image for larger file size)

Health economist Frank Chaloupka conducts research on the ways that local, state and national policies affect smoking, substance abuse and other unhealthy behaviors.

Chaloupka’s work challenged the idea that many smokers are so dependent on nicotine, price changes will not affect smoking rates. Instead, he discovered that increases in cigarette prices — including tax hikes — lead to significant reductions in consumption and smoking.

Chaloupka’s research has been cited by the Office of the Surgeon General and has led to many substance abuse policy initiatives.

Subject areas

  • Public health
  • Cigarette taxes
  • Health behavior
  • Obesity

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