New York Workplace Smoking Ban Leads to Increases in Business

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New York Workplace Smoking Ban Leads to Increases in Business

According to the American Lung Association, only a handful of states have banned smoking in all workplaces including bars and restaurants. Fortunately, most states have some restrictions on public smoking, but only half of America has legal limits on smoking in the workplace, according to a 2003 American Lung Association report. More legislation has been enacted since that study, but one of the most encouraging bits of news comes from a New York report.

Did you know that there has been an increase in business for smoke-free bars and dining establishments? The nearly 10 percent increase shown from this report could be interpreted as a desire for healthy air, as could the increase of nearly three thousand seasonally adjusted jobs since the New York smoking ban took effect.

The lesson to be learned from the New York study? Voting with your dollar can lead to your concerns being taken seriously by local businesses. You don't have to arrange a vocal boycott of businesses that don't have healthy air; if you and your associates simply spend your money at "clean air" establishments, the message will be sent loud and clear.



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