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WI Smoking Ban Not as Bad as Predicted

(7/7/12) Two years after Wisconsin put its workplace smoking ban in force, dire predictions of damage to the hospitality industry haven't come true.

State tax collection numbers show restaurant and tavern sales were up one percent in the first year and two percent last year. A spokesman for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association says the smoking ban hasn't helped the industry, but it doesn't appear to have hurt sales. Setting the numbers for bars and taverns aside, their sales are off by four percent. But, that just reportedly continues a trend which was in place before the ban was enacted.

Source: Wheeler News





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