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Voter Preferences and State Regulation of Smoking

  • Joni Hersch
  • Alison F. Del Rossi
  • W. Kip Viscusi

Voters' preferences for smoking restrictions in restaurants, bars, malls, indoor sporting events, and hospitals are consistent with state-level restrictions on smoking in each of these public areas. This analysis is based on constructed measures of political pressure that take into account both individual preferences and voting behavior. Although smokers are less likely to vote than nonsmokers, their lower voting rate does not substantially influence the probability that a state has a restriction. Other factors, such as tobacco's role in the state economy and state income, are rarely influential. (JEL H70, I18, K32) Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 42 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 455-468

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:42:y:2004:i:3:p:455-468
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