(LANSING, Mich.) -- A new study conducted by the Michigan Department of Community Health found that the state's ban on smoking in bars and restaurants has had a minimal negative effect on sales at those establishments, the Detroit Free Press reports.
The study looked at trends in tax collections, lottery and cigarette sales over a five year period from 2006 to 2011, and suggested that some sectors of the industry, such as small bars or nightclubs, may have experienced a decline in sales, the paper says.
Some, however, expressed skepticism about the study. The executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association said an analysis by MLBA and the Dept. of Treasury found a real decline in tax collections and sales in Keno lottery tickets because of the smoking ban, according to the Free Press.
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