TOBACCO DISPLAY BANS: A GLOBAL FAILURE

Authors


Patrick Basham is Founding Director of the Democracy Institute and an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute (pbasham@democracyinstitute.org).

Abstract

This paper examines the effects of tobacco display bans in four countries: Canada, Iceland, Thailand and Ireland. The empirical evidence suggests that the bans have not been effective at reducing the incidence of smoking. They have, however, succeeded in severely damaging the revenues of the independent retail sector and bolstering the illicit market in tobacco.

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