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New Report: Statewide Smokefree Law Would Not Hurt Indiana Restaurant, Bar Businesses
Date:8/7/2013

ith an existing statewide smokefree restaurant and bar law. In the ninth state, West Virginia, the analysis found that smokefree laws were associated with a small increase in restaurant employment, and were not associated with a change in bar employment.

The study complements a video featuring restaurant and bar owners from Indiana, who reported that despite initial reservations, they have come to appreciate the benefits of going smokefree. Their testimonials share personal experiences with smokefree laws from a business perspective.

“Our restaurant and bar owners are a vital part of our community. That’s what makes this report so exciting. Some owners have expressed concerns about the possible economic impact of smokefree laws – this new study can help put those fears to rest,” added Feldman. The smokefree videos may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/smokefreebusiness.

These results are especially notable, because the data come from states with high smoking rates and traditions of tobacco growing and manufacturing. The results of this new study are consistent with the results of previous peer-reviewed studies indicating that smokefree laws do not have a negative economic effect on hospitality venues. This study is unique in that it is the largest of its kind, aggregating all the available data from local jurisdictions in the nine states included in the study. Secondhand smoke—the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke exhaled by smokers—contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including about 70 that cause cancer. Prohibiting smoking in bars and restaurants protects the health of employees and patrons and provides a clean atmosphere where customers can appreciate the taste and aromas of their meals.

A statewide survey commissioned by the American Lung Association and other statewide health groups found that seven
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