Life SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, And May Make You Really, Really Stupid
posted by April 2 at 10:03 AMon
One byproduct of smoking bans appears to be a spike in drunk-driving:
A ban on smoking in American bars has caused the number of accidents from drunken driving to surge, researchers have discovered.
US jurisdictions with a smoking ban have seen, on average, a nearly 12-percent rise in the number of drink-related accidents at the wheel, they say in a study released on Wednesday.
What’s the cause? Evidently…
Instead of heading to their local bar for a drink and a smoke, smokers venture farther afield in search of a place where lighting up is still allowed, they say.
The smokers may not be drinking more than before but they are certainly driving more — and this is what is increasing the risk of a smash.
“Banning smoking in bars increases the fatal accident risk posed by drunk drivers,” the study says.
“Our evidence is consistent with two mechanisms — smokers searching for alternative locations to drink within a locality and smokers driving to nearby jurisdictions that allow smoking in bars.”
Christ. Is stepping outside really more inconvenient than a D.U.I.?