Impact of the proposed smoking ban on the restaurant trade

The strongest opponents of restrictions on smoking in public places have been bar and restaurant owners. Many restaurant and bar employees claim that say they’ve lost customers.
Despite such opposition, some recent state legislation and local ordinances have banned smoking in restaurants and required strict ventilation systems in bars. These laws represent a key test in the continued expansion of clean indoor air laws and policies, and
remain highly contentious. we treat them separately in this section. (Robert L. Rabin, Stephen D. Sugarman, 2001: 230)
However, Studies examining implementation show that the law had little impact on the dining out patterns of consumers, did not result in job losses for the city’s restaurant industry, resulted in high rates of compliance, and did not have a detrimental effect on business. (Robert L. Rabin, Stephen D. Sugarman, 2001: 230)
The initial studies of smoking bans in restaurants suggest that there are no economic upheavals when smoking is banned in public places. Summarizing the existing data, Glantz (1999) notes convincingly those studies of sales tax data from 81 localities in six states (67 of which are entirely smoke-free) demonstrate that ordinances restricting smoking in restaurants have no adverse effect on revenues.
In an important and related finding, Glantz and Charlesworth (1999) extend Glantz’s previous work to consider the effects of restaurant smoking bans on tourism, which the tobacco industry has used as another argument against smoking bans.

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