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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.