Results from the statistical analysis demonstrate that the impact of the Smoke-Free Air Act on accommodation, food service, and drinking places employment was not statistically significant. The Smoke-Free Air Act did not decrease employment in the hospitality industry. The average employment in accommodation, food service, and drinking places was approximately 160,000 per month across the study period – unaffected by the 2007 law.
The implementation of smoke-free air laws has been a highly contested issue in the state of Louisiana due to fears of adverse effects on revenue and loss of employment in the hospitality industry. In response to such fears, the Smoke-Free Air Act exempted bars, nightclubs, and gaming facilities from its regulatory demand. However, the results of the current study in Louisiana – supplemented and corroborated by many similar analyses in other states and metropolitan areas – strengthens the conclusion that expanding the reach of the Smoke-Free Air Act to bars and nightclubs will have no impact on employment in these venues.
“Alexandria took this step last year by implementing a city-wide smoke-free ordinance and it is our hope that the state and other communities will see their success and follow suit,” said Jennifer Gilchrist, Regional Manager, Alexandria, for TFL.
The Alexandria smoke-free ordinance, voted on and passed unanimously by the Alexandria City Council October 4th, 2011, ensures that all employees are protected from the dangerous health effects of secondhand smoke in the workplace; bartenders, gaming establishment employees, and entertainers. It went into effect January 2, 2012, making it the first city in Louisiana to pass such a measure...For more information visit http://www.tobaccofreeliving.org...The consortium is funded through five cents of the tobacco excise tax, three cents to fund infrastructure and cancer research program development for the new Consortium and two cents for tobacco control and prevention programs. Conservative estimates indicate that approximately $10 million per year will be generated from this revenue source. Founded in 1997, The Louisiana Public Health Institute’s mission is to promote and improve the health and quality of life in Louisiana through public-private partnering at the community, parish and state levels...For more information, visit http://www.lphi.org.
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