Study: Smoking ban hasn't hurt bars, restaurants

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VALLEYWIDE - Arizona's smoking ban has not done much to hurt Valley restaurants and bars.

Some actually benefited

Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business analyzed the profits of bars and restaurants across the state both before and after the ban went into effect.

What researchers found was that the ban did not have any big economic impact.

In fact, bars with patios open to smokers have actually benefited.

More bars than restaurants were affected by the smoking ban, but those that have post profits have not had to close.