Florida Economic Data

In 2002, Florida voters approved an amendment to the state's constitution that created smokefree workplaces. In 2003, Florida lawmakers passed implementing legislation that contained some exemptions, including stand-alone bars, but made the majority of workplaces smokefree.

An analysis by the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research, released in June 2004, found that restaurant sales were up 7 percent one year after the smokefree law took effect. The law had not harmed sales or employment in the restaurant, hotel, or tourism industries.

An August 2011 research paper by Frank J. Chaloupka and John A. Taurus, titled "The economic impact of the 2003 Florida Clean Indoor Air Act," concluded that, after controlling for confounding factors, the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act (FCIAA) had no negative impact on overall sales in restaurants, hotels and motels, and amusement parks in either Florida or Orange County, Florida. The authors wrote, "...our study concludes that the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act had no negative effects on restaurant, hotel, and amusement ticket sales in the state of Florida. These findings clearly counter tobacco industry and hospitality sector claims that smoke-free policies have a negative economic impact on the hospitality industry. Moreover, using cross sectional time series econometric techniques, we find no significant effects of restaurant smoking bans on restaurant sales, however, we find a positive effect of a ban on smoking in drinking establishments on taxable drinking establishment sales. These findings indicate that extending the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act to all bars would add to the public health benefits of the existing policy by protecting bar workers and patrons from the harmful effects of exposure to tobacco smoke while having no negative, and more likely a small positive, economic impact."