KHI Issue Brief: Impact of the Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act on Restaurants and Bars
This new issue brief examines whether a statewide smoking ban enacted in 2010 was associated with a change in sales at Kansas restaurants and bars. The Legislature approved the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act to protect the health of Kansans by reducing their exposure to secondhand smoke in most public places. To examine the association between the statewide ban and restaurant and bar sales, the Kansas Health Institute gathered sales data and liquor license data for eight years before the statewide smoking ban took effect and for two full years after its implementation. This includes periods when local smoking bans covered some areas of Kansas before the statewide ban took effect.
Key findings highlighted in the brief include:
• Smoking bans have not been associated with decreased overall sales at Kansas restaurants and bars.
• Smoking bans have not been associated with a reduction in the number of Kansas establishments serving liquor.
• Studies from other states consistently conclude that smoking bans do not reduce sales at restaurants and bars.
Kansas Health Institute - 1-23-13. Click here for article and pdf attachment.
NEW! Promoting Tobacco Cessation in the Workplace: A Policy Resource Guide 2012
This tobacco free workplace policy guide features strategies, examples and information based on input from organiations in the Kansas City Metro area on how to establish a process for promoting tobacco free workplaces and assisting employees to free themselves from smoking and the use of other tobacco products. It provides links to other guides and organizations for cessation assistance and also provides a variety of statistics and references to reinforce the health implications of having a tobacco free workplace.
The guide was produced by the Mid-American Coalition on Health Mid-America Coalition on Health Care. MACHC is a not-for-profi t business coalition that leverages the expertise, experience and resources of its multidisciplinary membership to promote the health and well-being of current and future employees and their families in the greater Kansas City area.
Kansas Indoor Clean Air Law
Kansas Indoor Clean Air Law. In February, the Kansas Legislature passed a law that eliminated smoking in most indoor workplaces and public places, with a few exceptions related to nursing homes, tobacco shops, private clubs and casinos. The law was implemented on July 1, 2011.
Public opinion strategies poll
Public Opinion Strategies poll on the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Law. Review the color charts outlining the poll results showing that in January 2011, 77% of Kansas voters favored the law. This poll was sponsored by a variety of state and national organizations that wanted to show the support of Kansans for having smokefree workplaces and public places, inlcluding bars and restaurants. For a quick overview of key findings, check this summary.
Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City Studies
• Casino Air Quality Study. With research provided by the Health Care Foundatio of Greater Kansas City, local officials called for restricting smoking in KC Metro area casinos. Click to see press release outlining the arguments.
• Economic Study of KCMO. Economic Summary of the 2008 Kansas City Missouri Smokefree Ordinance. This summary provides information derived in a study of the impact of the KCMO clean air ordinance by reviewing economic data and comparing it with the economic status of other regional communities. The study was provided by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and released in February 2011.
Air quality studies
Air Quality Studies were conducted in a variety of Kansas and Missouri communities as well as a overall summary of Kansas communities comparing air quality improvements after the implementation of local and state level clean indoor air policies.
Air Quality Effect of the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Law. Sponsored by the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition and compiled by Roswell Park Cancer Center researchers, this study of before and after air quality tests in a selection of Kansas cities shows an overall improvement of 94% in the air quality in these communities after the implementation of clean indoor air policies. This study was released in February 2011. Click here for press release.
Other air quality testing reports featured cities in Kansas and Missouri.