One Last Puff? - Public Smoking Bans and Smoking Behavior

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Silke Anger

Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Michael Kvasnicka

RWI Essen (Berlin Office)

Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences; DIW Berlin; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex

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Date Written: March 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper investigates the short-term effects of public smoking bans on individual smoking behavior. In 2007 and 2008, state-level smoking bans were gradually introduced in all of Germany’s sixteen federal states. We exploit this variation in the timing of state bans to identify the effect that smoke-free policies had on individuals’ smoking propensity and smoking intensity. Using rich longitudinal data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study, our difference-in-differences estimates show that the introduction of smoke-free legislation in Germany did not change average smoking behavior within the population. However, our estimates also point to important heterogeneous effects. Groups that go out more often, and hence are more exposed to the constraints of public smoking bans in everyday life, did adjust their smoking behavior. Specifically, we find that young, unmarried individuals, and those living in urban areas are groups that are both less likely to smoke and smoke less intensively following the introduction of public smoking bans. Furthermore, effects on individual smoking habits proved stronger in states that had more strict smoking bans. Public smoking bans, therefore, have important health benefits over and above the reduction in exposure of non-smokers to second-hand smoke that is their immediate and prime objective.

Keywords: Public smoking bans, smoking, cigarette consumption, treatment effects

JEL Classification: I12, K32, I18, C33

Suggested Citation

Anger, Silke and Kvasnicka, Michael and Siedler, Thomas, One Last Puff? - Public Smoking Bans and Smoking Behavior (March 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1593474 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1593474

Silke Anger

Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB) ( email )

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Michael Kvasnicka

RWI Essen (Berlin Office) ( email )

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Germany

Thomas Siedler (Contact Author)

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences ( email )

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Germany

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Germany

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Germany

University of Essex ( email )

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United Kingdom

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