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Reduced smoking and rising obesity: Does smoking ban in the workplace matter?

  • Liu, Feng
  • Zhang, Ning
  • Cheng, Kai-Wen
  • Wang, Hua

Using worksite smoking ban as an instrumental variable for smoking, we examine the relationship between smoking and body weight in a two-stage least square estimation. We find evidence that reduced smoking may lead to the rising of obesity.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 108 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 249-252

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