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An Evaluation of Research on the Effects of a Smoking Ban in the Hospitality Industry | Simon Bremer, Jules Theeuwes
Article Published: 2008/June

Type: Articles and Dissertations
Funding Source: Stichting Red de Kleine Horeca Ondernemer (Save the Small Hospitality Entrepreneur Foundation)
Published By: SEO Economisch Onderzoek Amsterdam

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The article, sponsored by Stichting Red de Kleine Horeca Ondernemer (Save the Small Hospitality Entrepreneur Foundation) analyzes the Scollo and Smokescreen studies, and arrives to a conclusion that we are all to familiar with: the data that show no economic impact of the Dutch smoking ban are biased, false, fabricated and “creatively interpreted” to support prohibition.
“The aim of this report is to evaluate whether there is sufficient scientific evidence to conclude that a smoking ban in the hospitality industry has no negative effects on turnover or employment, based on the two studies cited in the Explanatory Notes of the Dutch Government Decree Implementation of a Smoke-free Work Space in the Hospitality and other Industries.
Our evaluation in this report shows that both studies were not carried out in such a way to allow statistically justified statements about the business-economical effects of a smoking ban in the hospitality industry. More specifically, the approach used in the two evaluated articles is not suitable for making statements about the business-economical effects for small hospitality industry establishments.”

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