10 Year Anniversary of Clean Indoor Air Act

July 27, 2013 Updated Jul 27, 2013 at 6:42 PM EDT


July 27, 2013 Updated Jul 27, 2013 at 6:42 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Dozens gathering at The Steer Restaurant and Saloon in Buffalo to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act.

The legislation bans smoking in almost all workplaces, including bars, restaurants and bowling alleys.

In 2003 before the law took effect, fewer than 50% of restaurants were smoke-free. This year, compliance is at 100 percent.

A recent study done by the Department of Health found in the past decade, hospitalizations for heart attacks has decreased and the percentage of middle and high school students exposed to cigarette smoke has gone down by at least one-third.

"This is an example of a policy that works," said Dr. Andrew Hyland of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. "It saves lives, people support it, and the predicted adverse and economic consequences didn't materialize

New York was the second state to pass a Clean Indoor Air Act. Now, 25 states have a similar law.