WHERE THERE'S SMOKING, THERE'S FIRE: THE EFFECTS OF SMOKING POLICIES ON THE INCIDENCE OF FIRES IN THE USA
Article first published online: 23 AUG 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 23, Issue 11, pages 1353–1373, November 2014
How to Cite
2014), WHERE THERE'S SMOKING, THERE'S FIRE: THE EFFECTS OF SMOKING POLICIES ON THE INCIDENCE OF FIRES IN THE USA, Health Econ., 23, pages 1353–1373, doi: 10.1002/hec.2990(
- Issue published online: 5 OCT 2014
- Article first published online: 23 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 24 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 9 MAY 2012
- structural fires;
- cigarette taxes;
- smoking bans
Fires and burns are among the leading causes of unintentional death in the USA. Most of these deaths occur in residences, and cigarettes are a primary cause. In this paper, I explore the relationship between smoking, cigarette policies, and fires. As smoking rates decline, there are fewer opportunities for fires; however, the magnitude of any reduction is in question. Using a state-level panel, I find that increases in cigarette prices are associated with fewer residential fires and deaths. However, laws regulating indoor smoking are associated with more fires; in particular, restaurant and bar smoking bans are associated with an increase in fires at eating and drinking establishments. This increase is important given the growing popularity of smoking bans in the USA and around the world. As workplaces, schools, and businesses ban smoking and remove ashtrays, smokers who continue to smoke are left without safe options for disposal of cigarettes, leading to more opportunities for fires to start. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.