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Smoking Ban and Life Satisfaction: Evidence from the UK

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  • Timothy Hinks
  • Andreas Katsaros

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This paper contributes to the literature on happiness economics by testing whether a national smoking ban contributes to changes in smoking behaviour amongst smokers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Based on 'set-point' theory and the idea of the hedonic treadmill it is argued that the ban may only have a temporary impact on happiness of smokers and non-smokers.

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Article provided by Economic Issues in its journal Economic Issues.

Volume (Year): 17 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 27-48

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