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Smoke-free Restaurant Ordinances in MA: A Study of their Adoption and Economic Impact

Principal Investigator: Gregory Pope, M.A.
Publications Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Bartosch W.J., Pope G.C.
Article Title: The Economic Effect of Smoke-Free Restaurant Policies on Restaurant Business in Massachusetts
Journal: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
Volume/Issue/Pages: 5, 1: 53-62
Year: 1999
Abstract:
The objective of the study was to determine if local smoke-free restaurant policies in Massachusetts affected restaurant sales. The authors used a pre-/post-quasi-experimental design to compare town-level meals tax data before and after the imposition of local smoke-free restaurant policies. Data for 235 towns (including 32 adopting communities) were entered into a fixed effects regression model to estimate changes in restaurant sales over time. The study failed to find a statistically significant effect of local smoke-free policies on restaurant business. It provides evidence that local smoke-free policies do not cause a large decline in communities' restaurant industries.
Publications Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Bartosch W.J., Pope G.C.
Article Title: Local Restaurant Smoking Policy Enactment in Massachusetts
Journal: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
Volume/Issue/Pages: 5, 1: 63-73
Year: 1999
Abstract:
The objective of this study was to identify differences between communities that enact local restaurant smoking policies in Massachusetts and those that do not. Using data from 314 reporting cities and towns, the authors determined that communities with restaurant smoking policies were typically medium-sized towns and had a lower proportion of blue-collar workers than non-adopting communities. Highly restrictive communities had higher median incomes and educational attainment than non-adopting communities. Since the creation of the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program, the number and strength of restaurant smoking policies have grown.
Publications Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Bartosch W.J., Pope G.C.
Article Title: Economic Effect of Restaurant Smoking Restrictions on Restaurant Business in Massachusetts, 1992 to 1988
Journal: Tobacco Control
Volume/Issue/Pages: 11, Suppl.II: ii38-ii42
Year: 2002
Abstract:
OBJECTIVE: To determine if restaurant business declines or improves after the implementation of restrictive restaurant smoking policies. DESIGN: Analysis used a pre/post-quasi-experimental design that compared town meals tax receipts before and after the imposition of highly restrictive restaurant smoking policies in adopting versus non-adopting communities. The effect of restaurant smoking policies was estimated using a fixed effects regression model, entering a panel of 84 months of data for the 239 towns in the study. A separate model estimated the effect of restaurant smoking policies on establishments that served alcohol. Main outcome measure: Change in the trend in meals tax revenue (adjusted for population) following the implementation of highly restrictive restaurant smoking policies. RESULTS: The local adoption of restrictive restaurant smoking policies did not lead to a measurable deviation from the strong positive trend in revenue between 1992 and 1998 that restaurants in Massachusetts experienced. Controlling for other less restrictive restaurant smoking policies did not change this finding. Similar results were found for only those establishments that served alcoholic beverages. CONCLUSIONS: Highly restrictive restaurant smoking policies do not have a significant effect on a community's level of meal receipts, indicating that claims of community wide restaurant business decline under such policies are unwarranted.
Publications Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Bartosch W.J., Pope G.C.
Article Title: Local Enactment of Tobacco Control Policies in Massachusetts
Journal: American Journal of Public Health
Volume/Issue/Pages: 92, 6: 941-943
Year: 2002
Abstract:
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