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Study Says Michigan Smoking Ban Has Not Hurt Business

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Well, this is interesting from the Detroit News.  Michigan’s law banning smokers from lighting up in bars and restaurants has had no negative impact on businesses, according to a study released Monday by the state’s Department of Community Health, which went into place in Spring 2010.

“It is important to note that while some establishments saw sales fluctuations after the passage (of the law), bars and restaurants as a whole were not adversely affected,” health department Director James Haveman says.

“We commend Michigan bars and restaurants for their support in transitioning to a smoke-free environment as this law has also drastically improved the air quality in these establishments,” he said. “There is no question that Michiganders have a healthier environment because of this important piece of legislation.”

While others, including bar owners, have said business has declined greatly. Many restaurants have reported an increase in food sales, while bars have complained of losing business.  Me personally, I go out more now than I did before, but I’m a non-smoker.

What do you think?

See the whole story from the Detroit News Here.



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