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Smoke-free Laws Don’t Harm Business

In National News on August 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

The June edition of the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research found that smoke-free laws did not harm business in both rural and urban areas of Kentucky and Ohio. Here is the abstract from the study:

Introduction: Numerous empirical studies have examined the influence of smoke-free legislation on economic activity, with most finding a null effect. The influence could possibly differ
in rural areas relative to urban areas due to differing rates of smoking prevalence and access to prevention and treatment programs. Furthermore, the discussion of the effectiveness of smoke-free laws has been extended to consider local ordinances relative to statewide laws. This study examines these issues using
21 local laws in Kentucky and the Ohio statewide smoke-free law.

Methods: The number of employees, total wages paid, and number of reporting establishments in all hospitality and accommodation services in Kentucky and Ohio counties were documented, beginning the first quarter 2001 and ending the last quarter of 2009. A generalized estimating equation timeseries design is used to estimate the impact of local and state smoke-free laws in Kentucky and Ohio rural and urban
counties.

Results: There is no evidence that the economies in Kentucky counties were affected in any way from the implementation of local smoke-free laws. There was also no evidence that total employment or the number of establishments was influenced by the statewide law in Ohio, but wages increased following the implementation of the law. Furthermore, there is no evidence that either rural or urban counties experienced a loss of economic activity following smoke-free legislation.

Conclusions: The study finds no evidence that local or state smoke-free legislation negatively influences local economies in either rural or urban communities.

Smoke-Free Policies – Cheap and Effective

In Local News on October 28, 2010 at 9:35 am

Did you know that a smoke-free workplace policy can save your business a lot of money?

The Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommended smoke-free workplace policies after finding that policies effectively reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and reduce tobacco use among workers. While a policy making indoor areas smoke-free is excellent, a smoke-free grounds policy that provides cessation assistance is even better at protecting non-smoking employees and motivating smoking employees to quit.

Not only is a smoke-free workplace policy one of the most effective things you can do to reduce tobacco-related costs, it is one of the least expensive. According to the Guide to Community Preventive Services, implementing a smoke-free workplace policy costs $526 per quality of life year while providing free nicotine replacement patches costs $4,613 per quality of life year. And a business could save about $3,400 per year for each employee who quits smoking due to a smoke-free workplace policy.

For more information about smoke-free policies and the free resources available in Daviess County to help you implement policies and cessation programs, contact Sally Petty, coordinator of the Daviess County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition, at 812-698-0232 or notobacco@live.com.