Posted by: audreybenenati | April 8, 2010

Smoking ban didn’t hurt most restaurants, bars


Published: April 5, 2010

Cities and states that have banned smoking didn’t suffer a dramatic or permanent falloff in business at bars and restaurants, as owners had feared.

…Instead, the smoking cessation has encouraged nonsmokers to enjoy nightlife and visit bars and restaurants more often, he said….

New York City, among the first municipalities to prohibit smoking in 2003, is thriving as a bona fide smoke-free zone.

"People have become accustomed and expect to not experience secondhand smoke," said Beth Kilgore, spokeswoman for the city’s Bureau of Tobacco Control, a division of the city Health Department.

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