ATLANTA, Nov. 30, 2011 - As part of ongoing efforts to reduce disease and death caused by smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, the CDC Foundation and CDC have launched a new initiative to study the economic impact of smoke-free policies on restaurants and bars in nine states. While the health benefits of smoke-free policies are clear (debatable, surely? Ed.), the perception that they might negatively affect restaurant and bar business can pose a barrier to the broader introduction and acceptance of these policies.Because previous junk science in this area didn't quite mop up those mould-infested dregs from the bottom of the barrel, obviously.
This initiative, made possible by a partnership grant from Pfizer to the CDC Foundation, will assess the economic impact of local smoke-free laws on restaurants and bars by examining objective economic indicators.