Unintended Consequences

As cause-and-effect scenarios go, this one should have been easy to predict: Pass a smoking ban, and more people will smoke outside. If more people ...
by | February 13, 2007

Butts As cause-and-effect scenarios go, this one should have been easy to predict: Pass a smoking ban, and more people will smoke outside. If more people smoke outside, you're going to have more litter on the sidewalks.

A no-brainer.

And yet, this Seattle Weekly story from a couple weeks ago is the only article I've come across discussing the increase in outdoor trash after the imposition of an indoor smoking ban.

I wonder whether this just hasn't been reported on in other cities with bans, or whether -- for whatever reason -- it hasn't been a problem elsewhere.

Zach Patton  |  Executive Editor
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