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 when we control for risk exposure. When we explore differences across countries, we find that the impact is stronger in countries starting with relatively worse perceived health conditions at the workplace.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by CHILD - Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic economics - ITALY in its series CHILD Working Papers with number wp10_09.
Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Smoking bans; workers health; Difference-in-Differences;
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, vol. 16(1), pages 27, March.
- Origo, Federica & Lucifora, Claudio, 2010. "The Effect of Comprehensive Smoking Bans in European Workplaces," IZA Discussion Papers 5290, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- 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
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- NEP-ALL-2009-09-19 (All new papers)
- NEP-EEC-2009-09-19 (European Economics)
- NEP-HEA-2009-09-19 (Health Economics)
- NEP-REG-2009-09-19 (Regulation)
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