Tuesday, March 24, 2009

IU Center for Health Policy's Secondhand Smoke Policy Brief

Today the IU Center for Health Policy released a policy brief "Smokefree Workplace Laws Save Lives and Money Without Hurting Business" highlighting the impact smoke free air laws have on the state of Indiana and across the nation.
Through a review of many scientific reports and studies the Center was able to determine that:
  • Smokefree workplace laws do not have a negative economic impact on restaurants and bars.
  • While secondhand smoke has been definitively linked to many kinds of health problems, the most significant health consequence related to secondhand smoke is death.
  • Servers, bartenders, dealers and other workers in restaurants, bars and casinos may regularly be exposed to high levels of secondhand smoke.
  • Smokefree workplace laws do not hurt casino business.
  • Smokefree workplaces save employers money.
  • Secondhand smoke exposure costs Indiana money.
  • Hoosiers support smokefree workplaces.

Eric Wright, PhD, Director of Indiana University’s Center for Health Policy and Associate Dean of IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, will join leaders of Smoke Free Indy for a media availability tonight at 5:30pm to discuss this policy brief which shows comprehensive smokefree workplace laws do not result in negative economic impact to the hospitality industry.

WHAT: Media Availability…
Dr. Eric Wright, Director, IU Center for Health Policy
Associate Dean, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Smoke Free Indy Leaders and Spokespeople

WHERE: Knall Room, Marion County Central Library
40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

WHEN: Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 at 5:30p.m.

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