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Smoking Behaviour and Life Satisfaction: Evidence from the UK Smoking Ban

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  • Timothy Hinks and Andreas Katsaros

    () (University of the West of England)

  • Andreas Katsaros

    (University of Bath)

Abstract

We use three waves of the British Household Panel Survey to examine whether changes in smoking behaviour are correlated with life satisfaction and whether the recent ban on smoking in public places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has affected this relationship. We find that smokers who reduced their daily consumption of cigarettes after the ban report significantly lower levels of life satisfaction compared to those who did not change their smoking habits, with heavy smokers particularly affected. No such finding is reported for previous years.

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  • Timothy Hinks and Andreas Katsaros & Andreas Katsaros, 2010. "Smoking Behaviour and Life Satisfaction: Evidence from the UK Smoking Ban," Working Papers 1019, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.
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    1. Smokers and the smoking ban: some hate it because they quit
      by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2011-01-27 21:57:00
    2. If you stop smoking, will you be happier?
      by Ariel Goldring in Free Market Mojo on 2010-12-29 18:00:10

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    Cited by:

    1. Abel Brodeur, 2012. "Smoking, Income and Subjective Well-Being: Evidence from Smoking Bans," PSE Working Papers halshs-00664269, HAL.
    2. Miaoqing Yang & Eugenio Zucchelli, 2015. "The impact of public smoking bans on well-being externalities: evidence from a natural experiment," Working Papers 85310008, Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department.
    3. Abel Brodeur, 2012. "Smoking, Income and Subjective Well-Being: Evidence from Smoking Bans," Working Papers halshs-00664269, HAL.

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    Life Satisfaction Smoking ban;

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    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics

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