Many local state governments have already passed laws to ban smoking in public places. These laws have reduced air pollution and have had a positive effect on people’s health. For example, a public smoking ban passed in Washington state was very beneficial. According to studies conducted, these laws had many positive effects, including:
- Air quality monitoring tests conducted by the American Lung Association before and after the law took effect revealed indoor air pollution decreased by 88 percent.
- The rate of bar and restaurant employee exposure to secondhand smoke dropped from 29 percent in 2005 to about 3 percent in 2006.
- The restrictions on smoking also prompted many people to quit tobacco. During the month after the law’s implementation, the Washington State Tobacco Quit Line received a record number of calls.
- More than 90 percent of bar and restaurant owners and managers say they rarely receive complaints related to indoor smoking.
These effects are proof that public smoking bans work and can and should be implemented to improve the environment and peoples health.
As of now, 28 states have passed laws banning public smoking.