Effect of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act on casino admissions and revenue

John A. Tauras, Frank J. Chaloupka, Gregg Moor, Patricia Nez Henderson, Scott J. Leischow

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Objective: As part of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, smoking on the gambling floors of all commercial casinos in Illinois became prohibited. This study examined the effects of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act on casino admissions per-capita and real per-capita adjusted gross receipts using 18 years of data (10 years before and 8 years after the Illinois law went into effect). Methods: We employed a difference-in-difference regression technique using monthly data for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri and control for numerous determinants expected to affect casino admissions and revenue. Results: The Smoke-free Illinois Act was found not to be a statistically significant determinant of per-capita casino admissions and of real per-capita gross adjusted receipts in all the models we estimated. Conclusions: The estimates from this study clearly indicated that the Illinois law that banned smoking in casinos has had no significant negative economic consequences for casinos in terms of per-capita admissions or revenues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalTobacco Control
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 18 2018



  • economics
  • public policy
  • secondhand smoke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Tauras, J. A., Chaloupka, F. J., Moor, G., Henderson, P. N., & Leischow, S. J. (Accepted/In press). Effect of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act on casino admissions and revenue. Tobacco Control. https://doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-053966