Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Research Shows MN Smoke-free Law Improves Health Without Economic Harm!

A new study published this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found Minnesota's smoke-free law, which took effect in October of 2007, has not adversely affected bar and restaurant employment in the state.

The research conducted at the University of Minnesota found no statistically significant changes in bar and restaurant employment statewide or regionally after the state's smoke-free air law went into effect. (Employment is a key indicator of economic impact.)

A second study highlighted in AJPM  found that air pollution from secondhand smoke particles in bars and restaurants decreased by 95% after the statewide smoke-free law was implemented.

These studies are further evidence that smoke-free laws quickly clear the air, improving the health of our workers without causing negative economic impacts to businesses.

To read full study in AJPM click here.

To read SmokeFree Wisconsin and American Cancer Society's press release click here.

To learn more about the studies and Minnesota's Clean Air Act click here

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