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The Effect of Comprehensive Smoking Bans in European Workplaces

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  • Origo Federica

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    (Department of Management, Economics and Quantitative Methods, University of Bergamo, Via dei Caniana 2, 24127 Bergamo, Italy)

  • Lucifora Claudio

    (Universita Cattolica, Milan, Italy)

Many European countries have recently implemented comprehensive smoking bans to reduce exposure to tobacco smoke in public places and all indoor workplaces. We use a difference-in-differences approach and comparable microdata for a number of European countries to evaluate the impact of national comprehensive smoking bans on workers’ perceived health. Results show that the introduction of comprehensive smoking bans has a significant effect on the probability of both exposure to smoke and work-related respiratory problems. We also highlight unintended effects in terms of mental distress. The impact across countries is shown to vary with the degree of strictness of the bans.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Forum for Health Economics & Policy.

Volume (Year): 16 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 1-27

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