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Publication Abstract

Authors: Feigelman W, Lee JA

Title: Are Americans receptive to smokefree bars?

Journal: J Psychoactive Drugs 38(2):133-41

Date: 2006 Jun

Abstract: It is not known whether the American public accepts smokefree bars and restaurants. Anticipating public displeasure with these ordinances, tobacco, liquor and restaurant industry trade associations have helped to stall efforts to pass laws curbing bar and restaurant smoking in the expectation that diminished patronage would inevitably result. This cross-sectional trend study uses data from the May 1993 and January 1999 Current Population Surveys, Tobacco Use Supplements to compare tobacco-control attitudes among American bar and restaurant workers, all other workers, smokers and nonsmokers (total n = 90,661). It was found that by 1999, smokefree workplaces were widely accepted by two-thirds of adults, with half favoring completely smokefree restaurants. Completely smokefree bars remained less popular, with nearly equal numbers (about 30%) preferring them or favoring unrestricted bar smoking. Even among bar and restaurant industry workers less than 10% favored unrestricted restaurant smoking. Greater acceptances of smokefree bars are now taking hold, especially in places like California, where acceptance rose 15% in six years, and 45% preferred them. Opponents to smokefree bars and restaurants may have underestimated the levels of support and growing acceptance of smokefree living areas now taking hold among the general public.

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