CURRENT STATUS OF SMOKE-FREE BARS IN CALIFORNIA by zcc46658

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									   CURRENT STATUS OF SMOKE-FREE BARS IN CALIFORNIA
  On January 1, 1998, the final component of the California Smoke-free Workplace Act, Labor Code
  6404.5 (formerly known as AB 13) went into effect. It mandated that bars, restaurants with bars, and
  gaming clubs-- including casinos, bingo parlors and card rooms---join virtually all other places of
  employment in California by prohibiting smoking indoors.

  Nearly five years after the Smoke free Workplace Act went into effect, the economic effects of the
  legislation are clear and positive.
   COMPLIANCE IS HIGH
  Reliable estimates based upon on-site bar observations, place sustained overall compliance with
  Labor Code 6404.5 at 90% for all bars, taverns, gaming clubs and restaurants with bars, statewide.
  Enforcement activities are taking place in every county in California at municipal and/or county levels.
  (Compliance estimates are obtained from municipal and countywide code enforcement agencies, county
  health departments, and non-profit health organizations that monitor bar compliance in California 1999-
  2000)

   REVENUES ARE UP
  State of California Board of Equalization sales tax figures prove that Taxable Annual Sales for
  bars and restaurants increased by nearly 6% during 1998 as compared to 1997; and revenues for
  1999 increased over 1998 figures by more than 8%. Sales for these establishments went up again
  in 2000 by 9.8%. Even with an overall downturn for other sectors of the economy in 2001, taxable
  sales reported by bars and restaurants increased again in the first quarter of 2001 by 6.9% over
  revenues in 2000. (California State Board of Equalization-November March 2001)

   CALIFORNIANS BELIEVE IN IT
  88.7% of Californians agree that all indoor work sites should be smoke-free, including bars. Since
  January 1, 1998 when smoke-free bars became law, several statewide public opinion polls including an
  American Cancer Society-sponsored poll, several Field Research Corporation Polls and a Los Angeles
  Times Poll found that Californians - including bar patrons - overwhelmingly support the current law
  banning smoking in bars, restaurants, taverns, gaming clubs, casinos and bingo parlors. (1997, California
  Adult Tobacco Survey, CDHS)

   EVEN TOURISTS LIKE IT
  Tourism in the state has not been affected negatively by California’s Smoke-Free Workplace Act
  despite the tobacco industry’s dire predictions. In fact, California continues to be the most visited
  state in America. (California Trade & Commerce Agency-1998 & BREATH-1999)

   WORKER HEALTH HAS IMPROVED
  The health of bar staff has improved as a result of the California Smoke-free Workplace Law. A
  University of California-San Francisco study of bartenders revealed that 59% who had symptoms of
  respiratory problems and impaired lung capacity before the law took effect showed a significant decrease
  in symptoms and improved lung capacity when they were interviewed and tested after the law took effect.
  (Journal of the American Medical Association-JAMA-December 9, 1998)

   OUR WORKFORCE IS PROTECTED
  Over 800,000 hospitality employees who were unprotected prior to January 1, 1998, are now
  guaranteed a smoke-free workplace under Labor Code 6404.5. In 1990, only 35% of California
  workers were protected from secondhand smoke. In 2000, over 90% were protected. (California
  Department of Health Services-Tobacco Control Section-2000)



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