National Statistics

Social Impact - DUI Fatalities

A recent study shows that communities with a ban that border an area without a ban, suffer an average 13.44% increase in the number of DUI fatalities. The DUI fatalities continue to increase, as well. In areas where the ban has been in place for longer than 18 months, the increased fatality rate is 18.95%. (Adams and Cotti 2008).

Why? Between 80 and 95 percent of alcoholics smoke cigarettes; a rate that is three times higher than among the population as a whole. Approximately 70 percent of alcoholics are heavy smokers (i.e., smoke more than one pack of cigarettes per day), compared with 10 percent of the general population (NIAAA 1998).

The 2008 study shows that alcoholics are likely to drive around local smoking bans. It has been shown that the more miles driven drunk, the greater the DUI fatality rate.

While no one condones DUI, it does happen, and smoking bans are an aggravating circumstance leading to a higher number of DUI incidents.

With this knowledge, passing a smoking ban is equivalent to playing Russian roulette with the lives of innocent people.

Economic Impact - Loss of jobs, tax revenue

Bars in areas with a smoking ban suffer a loss of customers, and therefore revenue. (Adams and Cotti 2007; Adda et al. 2007)   As a result, employment at bars decreases. (Adams and Cotti 2007).

Other businesses, unrelated to bars and restaurants in the area covered by smoking bans suffer, while those in surrounding communities without a smoking ban flourish. (McCormick-Jenkins 2007)

Northern Kentucky is doing better in the economic downturn, than all of the surrounding counties. (Kentucky Enquirer, 2008)

The studies cited on this page are legitimate studies, however, we are unable to redistribute the findings ourselves, due to copyright laws. Please use a search engine of your choice to verify these findings for yourself. Links to articles about these studies are provided below.

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