Non-smoking bars are a hit in the US

first_imgNon-smoking bars are a hit in the USOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Smoke-free bars and restaurants in the US have been a success with customersand staff, claims anti-smoking lobby group Ash. This is in response to arguments by the UK tobacco and hospitality tradesthat introducing them here could cause a loss of trade. A study in Los Angeles of compliance with California’s smoke-free law foundthat it rose from 46 per cent to 76 per cent in freestanding bars between 1998and 2002, and from 92 per cent to 99 per cent in bar/restaurants. The number of staff observing the non-smoking rule also rose sharply duringthe same period, from 86 per cent to 95 per cent in bars, and from 97 per centto 99 per cent in restaurants. Barely six months after the introduction of the smoke-free law in New York,the city has witnessed a significant upturn in hotel bookings, and a rise ofalmost 10,000 jobs in the hospitality sector between March and June, Ashreported. Deborah Arnott, director of Ash, said: “These studies show thatsmoke-free laws are popular with both the public and staff, and that complianceincreases over time.” “Voluntary smoking restrictions are not enough,” she added. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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