We evaluate the effect of smoking bans and excise taxes on the exposure
to tobacco smoke of nonsmokers, and we show their unintended
consequences on children. Smoking bans perversely increase nonsmokers'
exposure by displacing smokers to private places where
they contaminate nonsmokers. We exploit data on bio-samples of
cotinine, time use, and smoking cessation, as well as state and time
variation in anti-smoking policies across US states. We find that
higher taxes are an efficient way to decrease exposure to tobacco
smoke. (JEL D12, H25, I12, I18, J13)
"The Effect of Bans and Taxes on Passive Smoking."
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
Business Taxes and Subsidies including sales and value-added (VAT)
Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth