A first anniversary report assessing impacts of the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Act (2003) has found strong public support, increasing patronage trends in bars, and no significant economic impacts for hospitality venues overall. The law introduced smoking bans for all indoor workplaces and hospitality venues from 10 December 2004, to help protect all New Zealanders from the harmful health effects of second-hand smoke exposure.
The report includes information about:
- Public attitudes and support for smoke-free environments
- Exposure to second-hand smoke in workplaces and bars
- Smoking behaviour and patronage trends in bars
- Economic impact on hospitality venues
- Bar managers’ perceptions of economic impact
- Compliance (national complaints database)
- Downstream impacts on smoking consumption, Quitline callers, and second-hand smoke exposure in homes.