Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

Smoking Bans in Restaurants and Bars Shown To Have No Adverse Effect on These Businesses

August
2013

A new study published by the CDC found that local smoke free air laws, prohibiting smoking in restaurants and bars, were not associated with unfavorable economic outcomes in these businesses. The study examined the effect of local smoke free laws on the employment and sales at restaurants and bars in several states without statewide smoke free laws. There was no significant impact on sales due to these laws; however in West Virginia these laws were associated with a 1% increase in employment. Due to this information, the CDC concludes that a statewide smoke free law in the states studied would not have an adverse economic impact on restaurants and bars.