Effect of smoke-free laws on bar value and profits

Am J Public Health. 2007 Aug;97(8):1400-2. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2006.095315. Epub 2007 Jun 28.


The tobacco industry has claimed that smoke-free bar laws caused bar revenues to decline by 30%. After we controlled for economic variables, we found that bars located in areas with smoke-free laws sold for prices that were comparable to prices for similar bars in areas with no smoking restrictions. Other studies have reported that sales did not decline, and we also found that neither price nor sales declined. Therefore, bar owners' concerns that smoke-free laws will reduce the value of their bars are unfounded.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking*
  • Commerce / economics*
  • Commerce / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Humans
  • Least-Squares Analysis
  • Models, Econometric
  • Restaurants / economics*
  • Restaurants / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Smoking / economics
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control
  • United States


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution