Posts Tagged ‘economy’

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

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.


Financial Toll of Smoking

In State News on October 4, 2010 at 10:30 am

Check out this article from Sunday’s Indianapolis Star: Financial Toll of Smoking Explored.

Smoking costs not just the smoker, but business, taxpayers, and our state as a whole. This is just one of many reasons that Indiana needs to continue allocating tobacco settlment dollars to the work of Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency, which provides cessation services to all Indiana residents through the Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW).

This year, Indiana received $135 million from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, and just $10 million was appropriated to ITPC for tobacco prevention work in our state. Research shows that tobacco control is a good investment for states; the more they spend on tobacco control, the lower the smoking rate, and the less they spend on tobacco-related healthcare costs. For more information about Indiana’s tobacco control programs, check out ITPC’s annual report.

More Interesting Stats

In National News on February 26, 2009 at 9:35 am

Continued from yesterday’s post:

The lower the level of education, the greater the risk of being a current smoker, smoking daily, smoking heavily, being nicotine dependent, starting to smoke at an early age, having higher levels of circulating nicotinine per cigarettes smoked, and continuing to smoke in pregnancy. Educational level and smoking in pregnancy independently increase the risk of offspring smoking and antisocial and anxious/depressed behavior problems.

Economic conditions greatly impact the rate of women smokers and pregnant women smokers. So we need not only to help individual women quit smoking, we need to work on changing the social and economic conditions in which they live.

At 1999–2004 levels, secondhand smoke caused 21,800 to 75,100 deaths and 38,100 to 128,900 heart attacks annually, with a yearly treatment cost of $1.8 to $6.0 billion. If recent trends in the reduction in the prevalence of secondhand smoke continue from 2000 to 2008, the burden would be reduced by approximately 25%–30%.

Secondhand smoke-related illness and disease remains a substantial clinical and economic burden in the U.S. However, the decline in exposure rates in recent years will lead to a reduction by as much as 30% if current downward trends in exposure continue.

The infants who lived with a smoker were more likely to need acute care for respiratory illnesses compared to those who weren’t exposed. Very low birth weight infants may benefit from interventions that decrease exposure to respiratory triggers, especially secondhand smoke.