Book Chapter

The Indirect Impacts of Smoking Bans in Gaming Venues

Joseph G Hirschberg, Jeanette N Lye

CURRENT ISSUES IN HEALTH ECONOMICS | Contributions to Economic Analysis | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

Recent changes in smoking laws have influenced gambling behaviour at electronic gaming machine (EGM) venues. In this chapter, we review the literature that examines the interrelationship between gambling, problem gambling, and smoking in order to gauge the indirect effects of smoking bans in gaming venues. We then perform an analysis on the consequences of a smoking ban in Victoria, Australia, that was instituted on 1st September 2002. This analysis investigates the nature of the pattern of drops in local EGM revenue and the impact on the state tax revenue. © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited All Rights Reserved.