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April 5, 2000

Tourism and Smoke-Free Restaurant Ordinances—Reply

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(13):1686-1687. doi:10.1001/jama.283.13.1685

In Reply: Our study was designed to test the hypothesis, advanced by the tobacco industry and its front groups, that smoke-free restaurant laws are associated with large reductions in tourism. In contrast to these predictions, we found that implementation of these laws generally was associated with no change or an increase in the rate of growth of tourism. While our study was not a general study of the determinants of tourism, we did control for underlying economic conditions using a variety of approaches.

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