Friday, July 03, 2009

Smoking Declines in Iowa

The smoking rate among Iowans has delcined from 19% in 2007 to 14% in 2008.

From Bleeding Heartland...'s been a full year since the Iowa Smokefree Air Act went into effect. The public smoking ban was one of the most controversial bills considered during the 2008 legislative session, and advocates praised the law's success at a press conference this week.

According to a recent Iowa Department of Public Health survey, 14 percent of Iowans smoke. In 2007, IDPH research estimated the smoking rate at 19 percent. That's a significant decline, suggesting that around one-quarter of Iowans who smoked in 2007 have since quit. The $1 a pack tax hike on cigarettes approved in 2007 was probably a major factor in this trend as well.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Since the ban is mainly for health reasons, they should be required to put the Chantix warning on all of the government issued “No smoking” signs to prevent lawsuits by forcefully coercing residents into using a dangerous product.