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The effect of smoke-free policies on revenue in bars in Tasmania, Australia
  1. A Lal1,
  2. M Siahpush2
  1. 1
    Public Health Research Evaluation and Policy Cluster, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2
    Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
  1. Correspondence to Ms Anita Lal, Public Health Research Evaluation and Policy Cluster, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, VIC 3125, Australia; anita.lal{at}deakin.edu.au

Abstract

Objective: To examine the impact of smoke-free policies on revenue in Tasmanian bars.

Method: Monthly sales turnover from January 2002 to March 2007, provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics was analysed. There were two outcome measures: (1) the ratio of monthly bar sales turnover in Tasmania to monthly bar sales turnover in four other Australian states, and (2) the ratio of monthly bar turnover to monthly retail turnover in Tasmania. Linear regression was used to assess the impact of the smoke-free policy on expenditure.

Results: The smoke-free policy had no effect on sales turnover.

Conclusion: The smoke-free policy protects hospitality workers and patrons from exposure to secondhand smoke and has had no adverse effect on sales turnover.

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Footnotes

  • Funding AL was supported by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and the Cancer Council Victoria and MS was supported by a fellowship from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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