Public-Place Smoking Laws and Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (Ets)

50 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2010 Last revised: 23 Apr 2022

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Christopher S. Carpenter

Vanderbilt University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Sabina Postolek

Queen's University - Department of Economics

Casey Warman

Dalhousie University

Date Written: March 2010

Abstract

Public-place smoking restrictions are the most important non-price tobacco control measures worldwide, yet surprisingly little is known about their effects on exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). We study these laws in Canada using data with questions about respondents' ETS exposure in public and private places. In fixed-effects models we find these laws had no effects on smoking but induced large and statistically significant reductions in public-place ETS exposure, especially in bars and restaurants. We do not find significant evidence of ETS displacement to private homes. Our results indicate wide latitude for health improvements from banning smoking in public places.

Suggested Citation

Carpenter, Christopher S. and Postolek, Sabina and Warman, Casey, Public-Place Smoking Laws and Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (Ets) (March 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w15849, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1578686

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Sabina Postolek

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Casey Warman

Dalhousie University ( email )

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