It's been three years since our city officials initiated a smoking ban in Lubbock restaurants.
I've tried to find out but there are no records here to show whether we have fewer emergency room visits because of our local ban, but I think we can get a good comparison now from what they're finding in New York.
A random study of New York residents has found levels of a byproduct of nicotine dropped nearly 50 percent after that state issued restaurant and bar smoking bans. Researchers took saliva samples from 2,000 participants between 2003 and 2004 before and after the ban to see the difference it makes when you cut back on second hand smoke publicly.
By the way, the Surgeon General says there is no risk-free level of second hand smoke exposure. The only way to stay safe is to completely ban smoking indoors.