Issue Brief: Impact of the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act on Restaurants and Bars
This new issue brief examines whether a statewide smoking ban enacted in 2010 was associated with a change in sales at Kansas restaurants and bars. The Legislature approved the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act to protect the health of Kansans by reducing their exposure to secondhand smoke in most public places.
To examine the association between the statewide ban and restaurant and bar sales, the Kansas Health Institute gathered sales data and liquor license data for eight years before the statewide smoking ban took effect and for two full years after its implementation. This includes periods when local smoking bans covered some areas of Kansas before the statewide ban took effect.
Key findings highlighted in the brief include:
• Smoking bans have not been associated with decreased overall sales at Kansas restaurants and bars.
• Smoking bans have not been associated with a reduction in the number of Kansas establishments serving liquor.
• Studies from other states consistently conclude that smoking bans do not reduce sales at restaurants and bars.