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Copyright 2006 Hahn & Thompson


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of smoke-free laws on employee turnover and training costs in one large national restaurant chain. The public health benefits of smoke-free laws are well-known. If all workplaces in the united states implemented smoke-free policies, about 178,000 smokers would stop smoking while those who continued would consume 10 billion fewer cigarettes per year.1 As information about the health consequences of exposure to secondhand smoke has increased over the past 30 years,2-5 many state and local governments have enacted laws to restrict smoking. Today, over 2,300 local communities and 17 states have enacted smoke-free laws. Enacting the first "clean indoor air" laws in 1973, Arizona led the way among states.2