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The Impacts of Smoking Bans on Smoking in Korea


  • Beomsoo Kim

    () (Department of Economics, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea)

  • Ahram Kim

    () (Department of Economics, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea)


There is a growing concern about potential harmful effect of second-hand or environmental tobacco smoke. As a result, smoking bans in workplace become more prevalent. In Korea, workplace smoking ban policy become more restrictive in 2003 when National health enhancing law was changed. Using Korea National Health and Nutrition survey in 2001 and 2005 we examine the impacts of law change on current smoker and cigarettes smoked per day. We compare indoor working occupations which are constrained by the law change and ourdoor working occupations which are less impacted. The estimated impacts on current smoker is 4.6 percentage point decline and cigarettes per day show statistically significant decline of 1.1.

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  • Beomsoo Kim & Ahram Kim, 2009. "The Impacts of Smoking Bans on Smoking in Korea," Discussion Paper Series 0909, Institute of Economic Research, Korea University.
  • Handle: RePEc:iek:wpaper:0909

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    Smoking ban; current smoker; cigarettes per day;

    JEL classification:

    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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