Smoking bans boosts Washington beer, food sales

June 13th, 2007 | Posted by Real Beer

What were the effects in the state of Washington of banning smoking in bars, restaurants and gambling establishments?

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that food and beer sales rose, but gambling income was down.

“The numbers suggest that bars and taverns may have lost some smokers but gained customers drawn to a smoke-free environment,” Revenue Department spokesman Mike Gowrylow said.

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