Smokefree Workplace Legislation Stats

In National News, State News on February 27, 2009 at 9:09 am


In Arizona, 92 local-level policy makers in 15 local jurisdictions considered clean indoor air laws between 2001 and 2005. Policy makers who voted for these ordinances were more likely to be re-elected than those who voted against them.

Structured interviews revealed that policy makers did not believe the issue had an impact on re-election results and believed that although the issue may have been contentious, it was no longer salient in the community. Although legislators that voted for smokefree workplace policy were more frequently re-elected in Arizona, we need to conduct this same study in other states before we can make a borad generalization about re-election of policymakers who vote this way.

Some have said that if we do pass a smokefree workplace law, not many people will obey it. That may happen, but passing the law can also be one step in changing our cultural attitude toward tobacco.


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