Michigan's smoking ban did not substantially cut bar, restaurant sales, Levy study finds

September 17, 2012

The Detroit Free Press reported Monday that a study by Helen Levy indicates Michigan's 2010 smoking ban did not lead to sales declines at bars and restaurants across the board.

According to the article:

"Levy's study suggests that some sectors of the industry, particularly small bars or nightclubs, may have experienced sales declines.

'Overall, however, the evidence … supports the view that eating and drinking establishments in Michigan as a whole were not adversely affected by the ban,' the report said.'"

Levy, a former senior economist on President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, prepared the report for the Michigan Department of Community Health.

[Read the report (Adobe PDF)]