The Case Against Smoking Bans

7 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2007

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Thomas A. Lambert

University of Missouri - School of Law

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This article contends that government-imposed smoking bans cannot be justified as responses to market failure, as means of shaping preferences, or on risk-reduction grounds. Smoking bans reduce public welfare by preventing an optimal allocation of nonsmoking and smoking-permitted public places. A laissez-faire approach better accommodates heterogeneous preferences regarding public smoking.

Keywords: the case against smoking bans, thomas a. lambert, smoking bans, government regulations, negative externality, environmental tobacco smoke, secondhand smoke, rights violations, public costs, preference-shaping arguement, risk argument,

JEL Classification: D18, D62, D63, D78, D71, I18, K39,

Suggested Citation

Lambert, Thomas Andrew, The Case Against Smoking Bans. Regulation, Vol 29, No.4, Winter 2006-2007 pp. 34-40, Available at SSRN:

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