10/23/2012-According to a study recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smokefree ordinances can improve the economies of Missouri cites. The study examined tax revenues from the hospitality industry, mainly bars and restaurants, before and after a smokefree ordinance was enacted. Researchers found that in eight cities, tax revenues actually increased, while in the other three, revenues remained constant. These results were not surprising, since numerous economic impact studies in other states have revealed similar findings.
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