Researchers at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) have published an article in the Gaceta Sanitaria publication, detailing how they believe that the smoking ban in bars and restaurants has not had a negative impact on the industry, and that other factors such as the economic crisis have caused greater problems for business owners.
Leading the research were Araceli Caballero and Jaime Pinilla from the Department of Quantitative Methods in Economics and Management of the Canarian university, in which they analysed the impact on consumption in bars, cafes and restaurants of the laws against smoking.
To do this, the researchers used microdata from the Household Budget Survey in 2010 and 2011 and found that the law had no influence on changes in consumer habits of Spanish families in the hospitality industry.
Consumption decisions are more related to sociodemographic characteristics, such as the number of children in the home, and the impact on society that high levels of unemployment has caused.
For its part, the ULPGC explained that this work is the first assessment of the economic consequences of the law banning smoking in public places, which was fiercely opposed by the tobacco lobby at the time.
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