Increase In Drunk Driving Fatalities Followed Ban On Smoking In Bars

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 11:28 in Health & Medicine

A ban on cigarette smoking in bars is meant to save lives by reducing patrons' exposure to secondhand smoke. But it may actually be having an unintended consequence. By comparing data from a variety of locations around the United States where laws requiring smoke-free bars exist with locations without bans, researchers found a relative increase in fatalities caused by drunk driving following ban enactment. It seems that smokers are willing to drive longer distances to an establishment that allows smoking.

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