Smoking ban and life satisfaction: Evidence\ud from the UK

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Hinks, T. ; Katsaros, A. (2012)
  • Publisher: Nottingham Trent University
  • Subject:
    mesheuropmc: health care economics and organizations

This paper contributes to the literature on happiness economics by testing whether a national smoking ban contributes to changes in smoking behaviour amongst smokers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Based on 'set-point'\ud theory and the idea of the hedonic treadmill it is argued that the ban may only have a temporary impact on happiness of smokers and non-smokers. By using an ordered probit model this paper tests whether there was any change in reported life satisfaction after the UK introduced a ban on smoking in public places.
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