(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A recent study says Indiana’s economy would not be harmed by a smoking ban.
The Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air says the study published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research found that local smoke free laws have not impacted urban or rural economies in Ohio or Kentucky where they are in effect.
Looking at 21 local laws in Kentucky and the Ohio statewide law, the study measures the number of employees, total wages paid, and number of reporting establishments in all hospitality and accommodation services in Kentucky and Ohio counties from 2001 through 2009. The study found employment numbers were not affected in either state, and wages actually increased in Ohio.
The group also cites a study last year by Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis which found that two-thirds of adults in rural Indiana would support a statewide law to prohibit smoking in workplaces including bars and membership clubs.
The Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air is encouraging Indiana lawmakers to make Indiana the 24th state to prohibit smoking in any workplace, restaurant, or bar.