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Smoking, health and academic outcomes: evidence from a limited smoking campus policy


  • Cannonier, Colin
  • Burke, Monica G.
  • Steward, Kathryn


Although there is substantial literature on the impact of smoking laws, the number of studies that investigate the impact of such policies on college campuses is sparse. Using a rich data set from various waves of the American College Health Association National College Health Assessment survey for a mid-sized public university in the southern United States, we investigate a possible causal link between a limited smoking policy and smoking behaviours, health and academic outcomes among college students. We employ propensity score matching methods to control for endogeneity of unobservable characteristics. Our results show a significant reduction in the propensity to smoke cigarettes and cigars following the introduction of the policy. Further, we find that the policy has increased academic outcomes; however, it has no significant effect on student health. These findings have important policy implications for schools that are considering instituting comprehensive smoking bans on college.

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  • Cannonier, Colin & Burke, Monica G. & Steward, Kathryn, 2019. "Smoking, health and academic outcomes: evidence from a limited smoking campus policy," Health Economics, Policy and Law, Cambridge University Press, vol. 14(2), pages 205-230, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:hecopl:v:14:y:2019:i:02:p:205-230_00

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