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Impact of a Smoking Ban on Restaurant and Bar Revenues—El Paso, Texas, 2002

February 27, 2004/ Vol. 53 / No. 7


The February 27, 2004, issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) contains a report entitled, “Impact of a Smoking Ban on Restaurant and Bar Revenues—El Paso, Texas, 2002."

On January 2, 2002, the city of El Paso, Texas, implemented an ordinance banning smoking in all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars. To assess whether the El Paso smoking ban affected restaurant and bar revenues, sales tax and alcoholic beverage sales were analyzed during the 12 years preceding and 1 year after the smoking ban was implemented. The report found that no significant changes in restaurant and bar revenues occurred after the smoking ban took effect.

 
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