The effect of smokefree policies on electronic gaming machine expenditure in Victoria, Australia

Lal, A. and Siahpush, M. 2008, The effect of smokefree policies on electronic gaming machine expenditure in Victoria, Australia, Journal of epidemiology and community health, vol. 62, no. 1, pp. 11-15.

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Title The effect of smokefree policies on electronic gaming machine expenditure in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Lal, A.
Siahpush, M.
Journal name Journal of epidemiology and community health
Volume number 62
Issue number 1
Start page 11
End page 15
Publisher BMJ Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008-01
ISSN 0143-005X
1470-2738
Summary Objective: To examine the impact of smoke-free policies in Victorian gambling venues on electronic gaming machine (EGM) expenditure.

Method: Monthly EGM expenditure from July 1998 to December 2005, provided by the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation and the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner in South Australia, was analysed. The outcome measure was the ratio of monthly expenditure for Victoria to monthly expenditure in South Australia. Intervention analysis and autoregressive integrated moving average modelling were used to assess the impact of the smoke-free policy on expenditure.

Results: The smoke-free policy resulted in an abrupt, long-term decrease in the level of EGM expenditure. The mean level of monthly expenditure decreased by approximately 14%.

Conclusion:
The smoke-free policy not only protects hospitality workers and patrons from exposure to secondhand smoke but has also had an impact on slowing gambling losses.
Language eng
Field of Research 150402 Hospitality Management
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020898

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Public Health Research, Evaluation, and Policy Cluster
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