Minnesota Economic Data

In July-August 2010, a study published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice concluded that smokefree ordinances in St. Paul and Minneapolis "were associated with an increase of three percent to four percent in employment for restaurants in Minneapolis and St Paul, after accounting for the rest of the hospitality industry. The CIA policies were inconsistent in their association with bar employment. A comprehensive CIA policy in Minneapolis was associated with an increase of five percent to six percent in bar employment, and St Paul had a one percent nonsignificant decrease in bar employment."

In May 2009, a study published in the journal Prevention Science concluded that smokefree ordinances that include bars make no economic difference in bar employment or reduce hospitality jobs.

In April 2009, a study published in the American Journal of Public Health concluded that "The total annual cost of treatment in Minnesota for conditions for which the 2006 surgeon general's report found sufficient evidence to conclude a causal link with exposure to SHS was $228.7 million in 2008 dollars-equivalent to $44.58 per Minnesota resident."

In March 2007, a new study, Health Care Costs and Secondhand Smoke, concluded that $215.7 million is spent each year in Minnesota to treat health conditions caused by exposure to secondhand smoke. Dr. Marc Manley of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) presented the report findings to the Minnesota House Commerce and Labor Committee.

In 2007, ClearWay Minnesota released a statement that, "Smoke-free ordinances caused no apparent economic harm to local communities that have passed laws protecting restaurant and bar workers from secondhand smoke, according to a new study on the economic impact of such policies in Minnesota. The study analyzed economic data from seven Minnesota communities with smoke-free ordinances and from the state of Minnesota as a whole. It found that the number of hospitality establishments in communities increased following implementation of smoke-free ordinances, suggesting a robust economic environment. It also found that hospitality industry sales remained consistent with established trends from the previous decade."

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A 2006 study conducted by the City of Minneapolis, concluded that revenues increased for most categories of businesses in Minneapolis, Minnesota, following the enactment of a smokefree ordinance. The authors stated that, "revenues increased after the Indoor Smoking ordinance for all establishments licensed to serve alcoholic beverages, collectively. Increases were seen for both alcohol sales and food sales, although the rate of increase for food sales was substantially larger. All different types of restaurants, private clubs, and a category including hotels and bowling alleys also experienced revenue increases in 2005. (Harrison, P.; Narayan, G.; Ziegler, K.; Roberts, L.; Marvel, I., "Taxable revenues reported before and after enactment of the Indoor Smoking Ordinance by Minneapolis businesses with on-sale liquor licenses: a comparison of revenues for the 6-month periods from April through September in 2003, 2004, and 2005," Minneapolis, MN: City of Minneapolis, March 20, 2006.)

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