Mexico City:Study- Smoke-free Law Did Not Reduce Restaurants’ Profits

A new study published in Tobacco Control finds that restaurants have not suffered economically as a result of Mexico City’s 100% smoke-free law. Findings are based on a monthly survey of businesses from January 2005 to April 2009 and comparison with states similar to Mexico City that do not have comprehensive smoke-free laws.

Study Findings

  • Restaurants’ revenues increased 25%.
  • Total wages paid to restaurant workers increased 28%.
  • Employment in the restaurant sector rose 16%.

Key Message

  • Smoke-free laws do not harm business at restaurants.

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Tobacco Control is an internationally peer-reviewed journal covering the nature and consequences of tobacco use worldwide. The journal is for health professionals and others in tobacco control and is a publication of the British Medical Journal.

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