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Public-Policy Analysis of Smoking Regulations

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According to the surgeon general, smoking is injurious to your health. Which of the following three public instruments do you think would be the most effective to encourage people not to smoke?

* Public education about the dangers of smoking
* Regulations against smoking in public places
* Market incentives such as higher tobacco taxes.

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It is my belief that regulations against smoking in public places would be the most effective of the three public instruments listed, in encouraging people not to smoke. It appears that regulations are the only proven means by which individuals are convinced to refrain from engaging in dangerous activities to themselves or others, which includes smoking. ...

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