The Freakanomics team says this on the New York Times website:

A new paper by Emory economist Sara Markowitz finds that “laws regulating indoor smoking are associated with increases in some types of fires. Specifically, workplace restrictions and bans are associated with increases in fires in all locations and in residential units. Restaurant and bar bans are associated with increases in fires in restaurants and all eating/drinking establishments.”

Louisville’s fire deaths have decreased since the smoking ban took effect, and it seems unlikely the two are related. Actual fires, though, may tell a different story.

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