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Economic Impact of Lawrence Smoke-Free Ordinance

By Sharon M. Homan, Ph.D., Rachel J. Smit, M.P.A., Gina C. Maree, M.S.W., LSCSW | January 01, 2009

There has been much debate about whether the comprehensive smoke-free ordinance implemented in Lawrence in July 2004 caused financial harm to the restaurant and bar industry. The question about the potential impact has been clouded by the claims of individual proprietors who indeed may have experienced a decrease in business following implementation of the ordinance. However, this KHI analysis of sales data indicates that the ordinance, which prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and workplaces, did not negatively affect the restaurant and bar industry as a whole.

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Economic Impact of Lawrence Smoke-Free Ordinance

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Economic Impact of Lawrence Smoke-Free Ordinance: Supplemental Report

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Economic Impact of Lawrence Smoke-Free Ordinance - References

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