LET Analyzing smoke-free evidence

Our group recently completed a project on smoking in restaurants. We would like to say thank you to the restaurant managers that took the time to speak with us, and all the employees who filled out our survey.

We received about 200 surveys back and it was greatly appreciated. Also, thank you to our parents who drove us all around town on the weekends.

Through our surveys we learned that most restaurants would be more willing to go smoke-free had there been a city vote. However, our group feels that having smoke-free restaurants is a positive change.

Prior to Jan. 1, 2002, in Rochester, more than 1,000 restaurant employees were exposed to secondhand smoke. Those people are now 50 percent more likely to develop lung cancer. Workers in smoke-free restaurants in Rochester all reported having fewer sicknesses after their restaurant went smoke-free. All of the managers of smoke-free restaurants reported being happy with going smoke free. Two hundred eleven cities in the United States have gone smoke-free, and so can Rochester.

Sarah; Phillips


Greta; Fenske

Liz; Schubauer

Elizabeth; Peschges

8th; grade

Willow; Creek Middle School


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