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Workplace smoking ban effects on unhappy smokers


  • Clément de Chaisemartin
  • Pierre‐Yves Geoffard
  • Anne‐Laurence le Faou


Economists usually draw a distinction between smokers. They distinguish 'happy addicts' à la Becker-Murphy from 'unhappy addicts' who state that smoking is a mistake and call for some help to quit. When evaluating tobacco control policies, it might be important to distinguish their effects on those two types of population. Indeed, such policies are welfare improving only if they help unhappy addicts to quit. We investigate the effect of the French workplace smoking ban on a sample of presumably 'unhappy addicts', smokers who consult tobacco cessation services. We show that the ban caused an increase in the demand for such services, and that this increase was larger in cold and rainy areas. It also induced an increase in the percentage of successful attempts to quit. Workplace smoking bans might be welfare improving since they seem to help 'unhappy addicts' to reconcile their behavior with their preferences.
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  • Clément de Chaisemartin & Pierre‐Yves Geoffard & Anne‐Laurence le Faou, 2011. "Workplace smoking ban effects on unhappy smokers," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 20(9), pages 1043-1055, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:20:y:2011:i:9:p:1043-1055

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    1. Savage, Michael, 2014. "Smoking outside: the effect of the Irish workplace smoking ban on smoking prevalence among the employed," Health Economics, Policy and Law, Cambridge University Press, vol. 9(04), pages 407-424, October.
    2. Takanori Ida, 2012. "Impatience and Immediacy: A Quasi-Hyperbolic Discounting Approach to Smoking Behavior," Discussion papers e-11-010, Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University.

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