It has taken a fight in many places to get smoke free policies in place. There have been many obstacles and barriers. It is always difficult to overcome addiction and to give up the profits that accrue from them. It turns out that the Public Health professionals were right all along.
Here is a snippet from the Reuters article:
Smoke-free policies are extremely effective at reducing smoking rates, exposure to secondhand smoke, and even smoking-related heart disease, new research shows.
The report, by an International Agency for Cancer Research working group, also found smoke-free rules don't affect business in restaurants or bars.
The researchers analyzed available evidence and found:
- Implementation of smoke-free policies substantially decreases secondhand smoke exposure.
- Smoke-free workplaces decrease cigarette consumption in continuing smokers.
- Smoke-free policies decrease respiratory symptoms in workers.
- Smoke-free policies don't decrease business in restaurants or bars.
- Voluntary smoke-free home policies decrease adult and youth smoking and children's exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Smoke-free workplaces decrease adult smoking rates.
- Smoke-free policies decrease tobacco use in youths.
- Smoke-free legislation reduces rates of heart disease.