Higher operating costs = lower profit
If a restaurant loses no business by going smokefree ó but operating costs for maintenance, insurance, and labor do go down ó net income should actually go up.
Wisconsin Restaurant Association told members in 1991: ìA smokefree environment has the potential of reducing costs to restaurant operators. There is simply less maintenance because there are no carpet or table burns; less ceiling, window, and drapery cleaning is necessary; and the risk of fire is greatly reduced.î
California Restaurant Association, changed its position to support a smoking ban throughout California. In 1994 helped pass AB 13.