Some individual businesses may have been negatively affected by the state's 2010 decision to bar smoking indoors in public places. But a new study by the Kansas Health Institute found "no apparent evidence that smoking bans in Kansas have been associated with a decrease in statewide restaurant and bar sales, or with a decrease in the number of establishments serving liquor." The researchers looked at restaurant and bar sales in the eight years leading up to the ban's passage and the two years afterward. Legislators should not waste time trying to weaken or repeal the smoking ban, but they should end the hypocrisy of allowing smoking on the gambling floors of the state-owned casinos.
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