Key Findings From the Evaluation of Smoke-Free New Jersey:
In Impact of the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act: A Pre- and Post-Enactment Review, released in June 2008, the Department of Health and Senior Services reported:
- Local health inspectors reported that the vast majority of New Jersey establishments complied with the law in 2007, the first year it took effect.
- Employment data for hospitality venues such as restaurants and bars (a proxy for numbers of customers served) suggest that the law had little economic impact on those businesses in 2007.
- The state's telephone stop-smoking Quitline received 2,244 calls in 2006, compared with 935 in 2005. Average monthly call volume rose from 78 in 2005 to 187 in 2006.