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The Impact of Public Smoking Bans on Smoking Behaviour: Evidence from an Australian Experiment

Rong Zhu


This paper estimates the impact of public smoking bans on smoking behaviour, exploiting the progressive implementation of total smoking bans in enclosed public areas across Australian states/territories. We find that this smoke-free legislation has changed neither the incidence nor the intensity of smoking within the Australian population.

JEL Classification: I12; D62; I18


Thanks go to Hendrik Juerges (the Editor) and an anonymous referee for helpful comments. Financial support by the 2016 FSBS Establishment Grant and the 2017 FSBS Research Grant of Flinders University is gratefully acknowledged. This paper uses unit record data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The HILDA Project was initiated and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and is managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (Melbourne Institute). The findings and views reported in this paper, however, are those of the author and should not be attributed to either DSS or the Melbourne Institute.


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