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Tob Control. 2009 Feb;18(1):60-2. doi: 10.1136/tc.2008.027532. Epub 2008 Nov 6.

Smoke-free legislation and charitable gaming in Kentucky.

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School of Business and Economics, College of Charleston, 5 Liberty Street, Suite 400, Charleston, SC 29401, USA. PylesM@cofc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the effect of municipal smoke-free laws in Kentucky on gross and/or net revenues from charitable gaming activities. Between January 2000 and June 2007, 13 Kentucky communities implemented smoke-free legislation; only three specifically exempted charitable gaming facilities and compliance in several communities was not consistent. Kentucky is a tobacco-growing state that has the highest smoking rate in the United States.

DESIGN:

A fixed-effects time series design to estimate the impact of municipal smoke-free laws on charitable gaming.

SETTING:

13 Kentucky counties that implemented smoke-free laws during the study period of January 2000 through June 2007.

SUBJECTS:

All charitable gaming facilities in 13 counties in which a smoke-free ordinance was enacted during the study period.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Gross and net revenues from charitable gaming activities in each county for each quarter of the study period, obtained from the Kentucky Department of Charitable Gaming.

RESULTS:

When controlling for economic variables, county-specific effects and time trends using a robust statistical framework, there was no significant relation between smoke-free laws and charitable gaming revenues. Municipal smoke-free legislation had no effect on charitable gaming revenues.

CONCLUSIONS:

No significant harm to charitable gaming revenues was associated with the smoke-free legislation during the 7.5-year study period, despite the fact that Kentucky is a tobacco-producing state with higher-than-average smoking rates.

PMID:
18988649
DOI:
10.1136/tc.2008.027532
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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