Where There's Smoking, There's Fire: The Effects of Smoking Policies on the Incidence of Fires in the United States.
Fires and burns are among the leading causes of unintentional death in the U.S. 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 fewer people smoke, there are less opportunities for fires, however, the magnitude of any reduction is in question as the people who quit may not necessarily start fires. Using a state-level panel, I find that reductions in smoking and increases in cigarette prices are associated with fewer fires. However, laws regulating indoor smoking are associated with increases in fires.
I would like to thank Hugo Mialon, Edward Norton and seminar participants at University of Michigan for helpful comments and suggestions. Thanks also to Erik Nesson for excellent research assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
WHERE THERE'S SMOKING, THERE'S FIRE: THE EFFECTS OF SMOKING POLICIES ON THE INCIDENCE OF FIRES IN THE USA Sara Markowitz* Health Economics Volume 23, Issue 11, pages 1353–1373, November 2014