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Smoking bans and drunk driving

There's a new study out that concludes that smoking bans in bars are causing MORE drunk driving accidents.

Researchers in Wisconsin looked at areas that enacted smoking bans from 2000 to 2005 and cross-checked those areas with information on fatal vehicle crashes involving alcohol.

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The result – an estimated 13.44 percent increase in fatal accidents. The reason?

They speculate that smokers in areas where smoking is banned in bars are driving farther to get to bars that have outdoor areas or other places where they can smoke.

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That's the theory anyway.

The results were published in the Journal of Public Economics. You can read more about it here.

AP photo/Cumberland Times News

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