Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Smoking bans result from public health concerns. There are well over 70,000 articles in peer-reviewed journals that link smoking with various health problems [Chaloupka et al. 2004-2005, 2]. There are also a number of states currently debating statewide bans. Are statewide smoking bans the answer to the tobacco problem or are they simply an example of excessive paternalism? The purpose of this paper is to examine the two sides of the argument and determine whether policymakers should implement smoking bans. It will show that, in the end, nonsmokers should own the air, and smoking bans should be implemented to protect people from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
Year of Submission
Department of Economics
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2008 Stacy McMullen
McMullen, Stacy, "Who Should Own the Air?: A Closer Look at Smoking Bans" (2008). Honors Program Theses. 799.