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Title: Impact of the Spanish smoke-free laws on cigarette sales, 2000-2015: partial bans on smoking in public places failed and only a total tobacco ban worked
Authors: Pinilla Domínguez, Jaime 
González Lopez-Valcarcel, Beatriz 
Negrín Hernández, Miguel Ángel 
UNESCO Clasification: 531207 Sanidad
5605 Legislación y leyes nacionales
Keywords: Tabaco
Política sanitaria
Framework Convention
Free Legislation, et al
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: 1744-1331
Journal: Health Economics, Policy and Law 
Abstract: In January 2006, the Spanish government enacted a tobacco control law that banned smoking in bars and restaurants, with exceptions depending on the floor space of the premises. In January 2011, further legislation in this area was adopted, removing these exceptions. We analyse the effect produced on cigarette sales by these two bans. We approach this problem using an interrupted time series analysis while accounting for the potential effects of autocorrelation and seasonality. The data source used was the official data on legal sales of tobacco in Spain, from January 2000 to December 2015 (excluding the Canary Islands and the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla). As confounder variables, we use the log-transformed average prices for manufactured and hand-rolled cigarettes (or the average minimum excise tax as a proxy), and log-transformed real-household disposable income. The implementation of a total smoke-free ban in Spain was associated with an immediate reduction in cigarette sales between 9% to 11%. In contrast, in the period immediately following the partial ban, no such reduction was detected, beyond the trend already present. Our results indicate that, in Spain, partial bans on smoking in public places failed, and that only a total tobacco ban worked.
ISSN: 1744-1331
DOI: 10.1017/S1744133118000270
Source: Health Economics Policy And Law[ISSN 1744-1331],v. 14 (4), p. 536-552, (Octubre 2019)
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