Economic Impact Study of Local Smoke-Free Ordinances in Minnesota
In February 2007, the Minnesota Institute of Public Health and ClearWay Minnesota released findings on the economic impact of local smoke-free ordinances in Minnesota.This report is an update of the 2007 report and includes economic data through calendar year 2006. Like last year’s study, the 2008 report concludes that, based on data available through 2006, there continues to be no apparent economic impact of local smoke-free ordinances on the local economies examined in the report, or on the state of Minnesota as a whole. The data graphs show that reported 2006 sales continue to be in line with historical trends.On October 1, 2007, the Freedom to Breathe Act went into effect in Minnesota. This law prohibits smoking in virtually all indoor public places and indoor places of employment, including bars, restaurants, private clubs and retail stores. The data needed to measure the direct economic impacts of this statewide law, however, are not yet available. Until these data become available, the Minnesota Institute of Public Health and ClearWay Minnesota will continue to monitor the economic impacts of smoke-free ordinances at the local level.
Sources of research data include the Minnesota Department of Revenue, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Minnesota State DemographicCenter (Department of Administration).