The Effect of Comprehensive Smoking Bans in European Workplaces
AbstractIn recent years many countries of the European Union (EU) have implemented comprehensive smoking bans to reduce exposure to tobacco smoke in public places and all indoor workplaces. Despite the intense public debate, research on the impact of smoking regulation on health, particularly within the workplace, is still very limited. In this paper, we use a Diff-in-Diff approach and comparable micro-data – for a large number of European countries – to evaluate the impact of national comprehensive smoking bans on both perceived workers' health and presence of respiratory problems within workplaces. Results show that the introduction of comprehensive smoking bans has a significant effect on workers' perceived health, particularly on the probability of exposure to smoke and fumes, also controlling for risk exposure. We also highlight some unintended effects of smoking bans in terms of mental distress, which counteract the positive impact on risk exposure and physical health. The impact across countries is shown to vary with the degree of strictness of the bans.
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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Publication status: published in: Forum for Health Economics and Policy, BE Press, 2013, 16(1), 1–27
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Other versions of this item:
- Origo Federica & Lucifora Claudio, 2013. "The Effect of Comprehensive Smoking Bans in European Workplaces," Forum for Health Economics & Policy, De Gruyter, De Gruyter, vol. 16(1), pages 27, March.
- Federica Origo & Claudio Lucifora, 2009. "The effect of comprehensive smoking bans in European workplaces," CHILD Working Papers, CHILD - Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic economics - ITALY wp10_09, CHILD - Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic economics - ITALY.
- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
- J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-11-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-EUR-2010-11-13 (Microeconomic European Issues)
- NEP-HEA-2010-11-13 (Health Economics)
- NEP-REG-2010-11-13 (Regulation)
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