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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

Abstract:     
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

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Date posted: April 24, 2006  

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Lambert, Thomas A., The Case Against Smoking Bans. Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review, Vol. 13, 2006; U of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2006-11. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=897511

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Thomas Andrew Lambert (Contact Author)
University of Missouri - School of Law ( email )
Missouri Avenue & Conley Avenue
Columbia, MO 65211
United States
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