Objectives. We examined patron responses to a California smoke-free bar law.
Methods. Three telephone surveys measured attitudes and behavior changes after implementation of the law.
Results. Approval of the law rose from 59.8% to 73.2% (odds ratio [OR]= 1.95; 95% confidence interval [Cl]=1.58, 2.40). Self-reported noncompliance decreased from 24.6% to 14.0% (OR=0.50; 95% Cl=0.30, 0.85). Likelihood of visiting a bar or of not changing bar patronage after the law was implemented increased from 86% to 91% (OR = 1.76; 95% Cl = 1.29, 2.40).
Conclusions. California bar patrons increasingly support and comply with the smoke-free bar law.