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The Effects of Public Place Smoking Restrictions on Individual Smoking Behaviour in Australia


  • Hong-il Yoo

    () (School of Economics, University of New South Wales)


While smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in Australia, existing policy options, except for bans on smoking at public places, seem to have limited scope for expansion. Eight new smoking bans, introduced in six different Australian jurisdictions over 2003 and 2005, provide a basis for evaluation. The analysis extends a popular two-part model of smoking behaviour by GLM and correlated random effect models. Difference-in-differences estimation using 4 waves of the Household, Income, Labour Dynamics Australia Survey indicates that neither the probability nor the intensity of smoking was affected. The results are robust to alternative specifications and estimation methods.

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  • Hong-il Yoo, 2008. "The Effects of Public Place Smoking Restrictions on Individual Smoking Behaviour in Australia," Discussion Papers 2008-24, School of Economics, The University of New South Wales.
  • Handle: RePEc:swe:wpaper:2008-24

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    smoking; smoke-free law; tobacco regulation;

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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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