The effect of a smoke-free law on restaurant business in South Australia

Wakefield, Melanie, Siahpush, Mohammad, Scollo, Michelle, Lal, Anita, Hyland, Andrew, McCaul, Kieran and Miller, Caroline 2002, The effect of a smoke-free law on restaurant business in South Australia, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 375-382, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2002.tb00190.x.

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Title The effect of a smoke-free law on restaurant business in South Australia
Author(s) Wakefield, Melanie
Siahpush, Mohammad
Scollo, Michelle
Lal, AnitaORCID iD for Lal, Anita
Hyland, Andrew
McCaul, Kieran
Miller, Caroline
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 26
Issue number 4
Start page 375
End page 382
Publisher Public Health Association of Australia
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Publication date 2002-08
ISSN 1326-0200
Summary Background: Despite evidence to the contrary from overseas research, the introduction of smoke-free legislation in South Australia (SA), which required all restaurants to go smoke-free in January 1999, sparked concerns among the hospitality industry about loss of restaurant business. This study aimed to determine whether the law had a detrimental impact on restaurant business in SA.

Methods: Using time series analysis, we compared the ratio of monthly restaurant turnover from restaurants and cafes in SA to (a) total retail turnover in SA (minus restaurants) for the years 1991 to 2001 and (b) Australian restaurant turnover (minus SA, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory) for the years 1991–2000.

Results: There was no decline in the ratio of (a) SA restaurant turnover to SA retail turnover or (b) SA restaurant turnover to Australian restaurant turnover.

Conclusion: The introduction of a smoke-free law applying to restaurants in SA did not adversely affect restaurant business in SA.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2002.tb00190.x
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2002, Public Health Association of Australia
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