Michael Pakko, an economist active in the Libertarian Party, has circulated reports claiming that smokefree workplace laws adversely affect business. He is employed by the Federal Reserve of St. Louis and, as a result, his research is frequently misinterpreted to be sponsored by, or representative of, this federal institution, when in fact it is not. Nonetheless, these claims are being circulated in mainstream media and may impact the dialogue in your smokefree campaign.
Be prepared. Get the facts. Read ANR's Who is Pakko? factsheet.
As of February 2008, Pakkos report has appeared in municipalities in Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Contact ANR at (510) 841-3032 if his rhetoric or report appears in your community.