TCN Strategies for Smoke-Free Air Policy Implementation
2010 Webinar 4:
Economics of Smoke-free Air Policy
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
12 p.m. PT/1 p.m. MT/2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET
To listen to the call, click here.
There are many reasons why members of the business community should join forces with public health advocates to pass and implement comprehensive smoke-free air laws. Unfortunately, fear of lost revenue, fueled by tobacco industry reports and pseudo-science, creates powerful opposition to smoke-free laws. Once the business community’s fears are overcome, and members of the business community join the ranks of smoke-free air supporters, passage of a strong law is much easier. This webinar provides an overview of the benefits to the business community that result from comprehensive smoke-free air laws. In addition, presentations on experiences in Washington State and Kentucky provide real world examples of how smoke-free air laws improve the economy statewide and in local communities.
Participants will be able to:
- Increase awareness of the costs to the business community caused by smoking, versus savings from smoke-free policies.
- Recognize sound research methodology used to measure economic impact of smoke-free laws that demonstrate smoke-free policies have no adverse impact on business.
- Demonstrate how Washington State’s smoke-free law increased tax revenue to state general funding.
- Determine advocacy strategies needed to deal with local opposition who claim economic loss from smoke-free laws, with special emphasis on rural communities.
- Frank J. Chaloupka, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Economics, Center for Health Services Research, Director, Health Policy Center at the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Ellen J. Hahn, PhD, RN
Professor and Director, Tobacco Policy Research Program, Director, Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy, Assistant Director, Center for Biobehavioral Research in Self-Management of Cardiopulmonary Disease, University of Kentucky College of Nursing and College of Public Health
- Terry R. Reid
Tobacco Prevention and Control Manager, Washington State Department of Health
This teleconference series is part of a Tobacco Control Network special project “TCN Strategies for Smoke-Free Air Policy Implementation” and is made possible through the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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