LAS VEGAS (AP) - A University of Nevada, Las Vegas research study says before-and-after data shows a smoking ban adopted by voters in November 2006 hasn't undercut tavern business in Clark County.
Nevada Tavern Owners Association chief Gene Hill dismisses the report as "irresponsible."
Nancy York, an assistant nursing professor at UNLV, has headed several studies of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act.
She says 10 years of tax revenues, employment numbers and tavern
closing and opening records led to the new report by a group including health care and economic and educators.
Bar owners have testified before state lawmakers that they lost business after the ban went into effect.
The law bans smoking in restaurants, child care operations and bars that serve food. Smoking remains legal in casinos.