Claim: Smoke-free laws harm business at restaurants and bars.

March 23rd, 2011 by mike Leave a reply »

The Facts: Smoke-free laws do not harm restaurant and bar businesses. In fact, many studies show that the laws have no effect at all, and sometimes they even increase business. In Washington, sales at bars grew more in the two years after the smoke-free law was enacted than in the years before. Additionally, studies of smoke-free laws in California, Colorado, Massachusetts and New York City have found that smoke-free laws do not hurt restaurant profits.

As of October 2009, nearly 60 percent of the United States population lives in areas that have passed strong smoke-free laws covering restaurants and bars.

Smoke-free laws are important because there is overwhelming scientific evidence that secondhand tobacco smoke is a direct cause of lung cancer, heart disease and lung and bronchial infections. Smoke-free laws help protect restaurant and bar employees and customers from these harms.

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