Mississippi, Alabama Part of Study on Smoke-Free Laws

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi is one of nine states that health officials plan to look at to study the economic impact of smoke-free policies in restaurants and bars.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is using a grant from Pfizer to complete the study that was announced this week.

Officials say that while the health benefits of smoke-free policies are clear, the view that they might hurt businesses can be a barrier to broader introduction of the policies. They say they hope the
analysis will advance efforts to reduce secondhand smoke and the health risks it poses to nonsmokers.

Researchers will focus on restaurants and bars in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.

The analysis is scheduled to be completed by the second half of 2012.

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  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Dec 2, 2011 at 06:10 PM
    we are spending tax dollars on this? give me the money now and i will tell you what they are going to give you for an answer. yes, when you first go to all smoke-free restaurants and bars, there will be a slight economic impact. after a while people will get use to it and things will go back to they way they were. can i have my money now?
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