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Smoking risks in Spain: part II - perceptions of environmental tobacco smoke externalities

Rovira, Joan and Kip Viscusi, W. and Antoñanzas, Fernando and Costa-i-Font, Joan and Hart, Warren and Carvalho, Irineu (2000) Smoking risks in Spain: part II - perceptions of environmental tobacco smoke externalities. Economics and Business Discussion Paper, 305. Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA., USA.

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Abstract

Previous studies of smoking risk beliefs have focused almost exclusively on risks to the smoker. Using an original set of survey data from Spain, we examine the public’s perceived risks from exposures to environmental tobacco smoke. The risk categories considered included lung cancer, heart disease, life expectancy loss, and low birth weight for children of smoking mothers. Risk beliefs were quite high, often dwarfing scientific estimates of the risk. The results are consistent with overestimation of risks from highly publicized, low probability events.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.law.harvard.edu
Additional Information: © 2000 The Authors
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D81 - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I0 - General
K - Law and Economics > K2 - Regulation and Business Law
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Social Policy
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2008 14:29
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2014 09:40
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/13318

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