Arkansas Economic Data

The results of a new study conducted by the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas found that Fayetteville’s economy has been thriving since the city enacted its 100% smokefree restaurant law on March 11, 2004. According to the study, employment increased, and 69% of Fayetteville restaurants reported higher sales after the smokefree law went into effect. Same-store sales of Fayetteville restaurants, open for at least a year, increased by approximately six percent, the best growth rate since 2001. Read a newspaper article about the study.

Fayetteville is Arkansas's first city to pass a smokefree law with 100% smokefree workplaces and restaurants.