Claim: Smoking bans save the community money

The claim that smoking bans save the community money is bogus.

The studies showing "no economic harm" were primarily done in the south, where the weather is more acceptable for people to smoke outside more often during the year.

The studies showing no harm to businesses in Lexington and Louisville were not valid econometric studies. The studies do not include raw data. Additionally, they are peer reviewed in biased journals.

The studies showing economic harm of communities with local smoking bans show show the negative cost to both smoking establishments, and nearby non-food establishments, when a ban is dropped into place.

When small businesses suffer, tax revenues decrease and unemployment increases.

The studies showing the social harm (DUI fatalities) show raw data.

The claim that smoking bans instantly reduce ER emissions is extremely suspect; everyone knows that it takes years to recover from the damage done by smoking.

In Ohio, as of March 2010, smoking bans have cost $3.2M to enforce, and have written $1.2M in fines; a net loss of $2M. They also haven't yet collected over $800,000 of those fines, which will tie up court system resources. Enforcement costs taxpayer money.

Smoking bans hurt small businesses and cost taxpayers money to enforce. That's not a cost savings to the community.