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The Indirect Impacts of Smoking Bans in Gaming Venues

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Recent changes in smoking laws have influenced gambling behaviour at Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM) venues. In this paper we review the literature that examines the interrelationship between gambling, problem gambling and smoking in order to gauge the indirect effects of smoking bans in gaming venues. We then perform an analysis on the consequences of a smoking ban in Victoria, Australia that was instituted on September 1st, 2002. This analysis investigates the nature of the pattern of drops in local EGM revenue and the impact on the state tax revenue.

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  • Joe Hirschberg & Jenny Lye, 2010. "The Indirect Impacts of Smoking Bans in Gaming Venues," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 1105, The University of Melbourne.
  • Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:1105
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    slot machines; pokies; tax revenue; border effects;

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