I mentioned a few weeks ago a study by our visitor Francesca Cornaglia (with Jerome Adda), which found that banning smoking in bars increased the amount of smoke that kids inhale at home, since parents switch from smoking in bars to smoking at home. Turns out the study has now gotten quite a bit of publicity in the UK, largely because the Commons are this week voting on the issue of smoking bans.
Interestingly, quite a few British anti-smoking advocates have attacked the findings of Adda and Cornaglia, suggesting that they care more about getting their favourite policy implemented than reducing the amount of smoke that children inhale. Of course, that wouldn’t make them the only interest group that mixes up means and ends.
The paper will be out as an ANU working paper in a day or two, so I’ll link to it then.