George Thomson and Nick Wilson from the University of Otago in Wellington, New Zealand, analysed the results of national surveys on smoking in bars and attitudes to smoking. The surveys were taken before and after the implementation of the new law, which made all work places, including bars and restaurants, smokefree from December 2004. Thomson and Wilson also studied data obtained from Statistics New Zealand, the Liquor Licensing Authority and interviews with government officials.
The study found that the proportion of smokers who reported that they smoked "more than normal" when going out decreased from 57.8% in 2004 to 28.6% in 2005. Public support for smokefree policies for pubs and bars increased between November 2004 and April 2005. Support from smokers went from 22% to 42% and support from bar managers went from 44% to 60%. Café and restaurant sales grew by 9.3% in 2005.
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