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Study finds state-wide smoking ban wouldn't harm MO biz

   A study by a North Carolina think tank concludes that a state-wide smoking ban would not harm Missouri bars and restaurants.  

   While several local governments bar indoor smoking in public, there's no state-wide ban.  Opponents to a ban often argue that it would reduce revenue and employment at bars and restaurants.  

   Researchers with RTI used sales and tobacco tax data from 216 cities and counties in 8 states over 11 years.  They projected that seven of the states, including Missouri, would have no economic impact, and West Virginia would actually see an employment boost.  

   The study was funded by the CDC.

   Illinois already bars smoking in bars and restaurants.

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