Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
My fellow blogger, Tim Trentham, did a very nice post about the proposed smoking ban here in Austin (March 30). I was on the fence previously, but I’m not anymore. I’m in favor of the ban and there are two reasons why: first is this study by the Harvard Medical School which studied the state-wide smoking ban that went into effect July 5, 2004 in Massachusetts. They concluded that the ban had no affect on bars or restaurants:
Patronage in study establishments did not change between pre and post-law measurements. Analyses of economic data prior to and following implementation of the law demonstrated that the Massachusetts state-wide law did not negatively affect state-wide meals and alcoholic beverage excise tax collections. Furthermore, the number of employees in food service and drinking places and accomodation establishments, and keno sales were not affected by the law.
Second is the study done in Helena, Montana about the effects of second-hand smoke. You can see it here on my blog, but much of it is listed below:
“The citizens of Helena voted in June 2002 to ban smoking in all public buildings