Study: State smoking ban has no economic effect

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A study authored by a Northeastern State University economics professor says the state smoking ban has not had an adverse effect on Oklahoma restaurants.

The state Health Department released the report yesterday.

NSU professor Fritz Laux says sales and employment have increased since March 2006, when restaurants began to have to comply with the law that was adopted in 2003 by the state Legislature.

Laux said in the report that after restaurants went smoke-free, sales rose by 5.63 percent during the next 12 months and continued to increase after that.

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