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Business Has Never Been Healthier

February 06, 2013

Jackson, Miss – Smoke-free air policies in restaurants and bars don’t harm business and are good for health, says a new video released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The video features Mississippi restaurant and bar owners sharing their experiences operating under local smoke-free air policies. Restaurant owners report business is as good as ever, despite fears of declining business in a smoke-free air community.

Featured in the video are Big Apple Inn in Jackson, Café 212 in Tupelo and Tico’s Steak House in Ridgeland. Despite initial reservations, all three business owners have come to appreciate the economic and health benefits of being smoke-free.

“Many restaurant and bar owners want their businesses to be smoke-free – however, they’re also worried about what going smoke-free might do to their bottom lines,” said Roy Hart, director of the Office of Tobacco Control at the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH). “We hope that hearing from their peers in Mississippi will help allay those fears.”

According to the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University, the Tourism and Economic Development (TED) tax revenue increased by an average of 10.3% in the 12 months following the enactment of these smoke-free air policies.

Sixty-eight communities in Mississippi have passed comprehensive smoke-free air policies which require all workplaces, including restaurants and bars, to be 100% smoke-free.

The video may be viewed at More information about the very real dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke is available at