New study says New Jersey restaurants and bars should be smoke-free

A group of researchers studying indoor smoking says New Jersey's restaurants and bars should be smoke-free.

According to the study conducted by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, every seven in 10 people ask to sit in non-smoking areas. Officials say approximately 30 per cent of restaurants are already smoke free, by their choice. They also say the remainder of the restaurants have a designated smoking section. The study says the non-smoking areas do not provide a good buffer zone.

The state legislature tried to pass a smoking ban last year that excluded casinos, but restaurants owners argued it was unfair and won. With the information from the study, the state is considering another smoking ban this year.

Lawmakers will consider a bill to ban smoking in restaurants in September.

Related links:Tobacco surveillance and evaluation research programYouth Tobacco SurveyTobacco Dependence ProgramNew Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

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