Jacob Sullum over at Reason has information on a new study that deals with smoking bans:
A new study reported in the Journal of Public Economics finds that smoking bans are associated with increases in alcohol-related traffic deaths. “We observe an increase in fatal accidents involving alcohol following bans on smoking in bars that is not observed in places without bans,” the researchers report. They surmise that drinkers respond to bans by driving further to find bars where they’re allowed to light up, either because the bars are in a different jurisdiction or because they have outdoor seating
Surely, Sonny Perdue now regrets signing the smoking ban into law in 2005 since he is using neo-prohibitionist talking points while he was fighting off Sunday alcohol sales during this past session. I’m sure that he will seek a repeal of the law next year.