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Can a smoking ban save your heart?

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  • Fabrizio Mazzonna
  • Paola Salari

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This paper evaluates the causal effect of environmental tobacco exposure on health by exploiting the time and geographical variation in public‐place smoking bans implemented in Switzerland between 2007 and 2011. We use administrative data on hospitalizations for acute myocardial infarction, which allow to measure the short‐run effects of the policy on an objective metric of health. We show that the incidence of acute myocardial infarction decreases by approximately 8% immediately after implementation of the law with large heterogeneity across regions. Our results indicate that the policy was effective in reducing the negative externality of smoking with potential spillovers on health inequality.

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  • Fabrizio Mazzonna & Paola Salari, 2018. "Can a smoking ban save your heart?," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 27(10), pages 1435-1449, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:27:y:2018:i:10:p:1435-1449
    DOI: 10.1002/hec.3778
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