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Thank you for not smoking: evidence from the Italian smoking ban

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  • Paolo Buonanno
  • Marco Ranzani

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By 2030, tobacco is expected to be the cause of about 10 million deaths per year worldwide. In Italy tobacco smoking is still a pervasive and relevant phenomenon. Using data from a national health survey, we investigate how individuals react to the introduction of a public smoking ban in Italy. Our estimates suggest that the Italian smoking ban in private places open to the public reduced smoking prevalence by 1.3% and daily cigarettes consumption by 8%. We find heterogeneous effects by gender, marital status, and region of residence.

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Paper provided by Collegio Carlo Alberto in its series Carlo Alberto Notebooks with number 246.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:cca:wpaper:246

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Keywords: smoking; public smoking ban; quasi-natural experiment; individual behaviour;

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  1. Pieroni, L. & Daddi, P. & Salmasi, L., 2013. "Impact of Italian smoking ban on business activity of restaurants, cafés and bars," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 121(1), pages 70-73.

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