“In recent years a groundswell of support for smokefree restaurant and bar laws has developed from states and localities across the country.  As of January 2014, 65% of the U.S. population live in areas that have passed strong smokefree laws covering restaurants and bars.”  With the exception of Boise and Ketchum, no community in Idaho enjoys these protections.

Strong smokefree laws are important because:

  • There is overwhelming scientific evidence that secondhand tobacco smoke causes serious illnesses, including lung cancer and heart disease in non-smokers.
  • Smokefree laws help protect restaurant and bar employees and patrons from the harms of secondhand smoke.
  • Smokefree laws help the seven out of every ten smokers who want to quit smoking by providing them with public environments free from any pressure or temptation to smoke.

Numerous careful scientific and economic analyses show that smokefree laws do not hurt restaurant and bar patronag, employment, sales, or profits.  At worst, the laws have no effect at all, and they sometimes even produce slightly positive trends.  For more information please see : http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0144.pdf?utm_source=factsheets_finder&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=analytics