The Case Against Smoking Bans
Thomas A. Lambert
University of Missouri - School of Law
Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review, Vol. 13, 2006
U of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2006-11
In recent months, numerous localities and states have banned smoking in public places (i.e., privately owned places to which members of the public are invited). Such sweeping bans are typically justified on grounds that they alleviate externalities, shape individuals' preferences in a desirable manner, and reduce risks. This essay rebuts the externality, preference-shaping, and risk-reduction arguments for smoking bans and contends that such bans are unnecessary and, on the whole, utility-reducing.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: smoking, smoking bans, externalities, risk regulation, health and safety regulation, endogenous preferences, preference-shaping
JEL Classification: D62, D61, I12, I18, K32
Date posted: April 24, 2006
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