Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/197527
Authors: 
Kvasnicka, Michael
Siedler, Thomas
Ziebarth, Nicolas
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
HCHE Research Paper No. 2018/16
Abstract: 
This paper studies the short-term impact of public smoking bans on hospitalizations in Germany. It exploits the staggered implementation of smoking bans over time and across the 16 federal states along with the universe of hospitalizations from 2000-2008 and daily county-level weather and pollution data. Smoking bans in bars and restaurants have been effective in preventing 1.9 hospital admissions (-2.1%) due to cardiovascular diseases per day, per 1 million population. We also find a decrease by 0.5 admissions (-6.5%) due to asthma per day, per 1 million population. The health prevention effects are more pronounced on sunny days and days with higher ambient pollution levels.
Subjects: 
smoking bans
health effects
hospital admissions
second-hand smoke
JEL: 
D12
H19
I12
I18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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