Changes in U.S. Hospitalization and Mortality Rates Following Smoking Bans
Kanaka D. Shetty
Professor; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Center for Studying Health System Change
Stanford University - Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
NBER Working Paper No. w14790
U.S. state and local governments are increasingly restricting smoking in public places. This paper analyzes nationally representative databases, including the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, to compare short-term changes in mortality and hospitalization rates in smoking-restricted regions with control regions. In contrast with smaller regional studies, we find that workplace bans are not associated with statistically significant short-term declines in mortality or hospital admissions for myocardial infarction or other diseases. An analysis simulating smaller studies using subsamples reveals that large short-term increases in myocardial infarction incidence following a workplace ban are as common as the large decreases reported in the published literature.
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Date posted: March 17, 2009
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