Smoking bans: significant contributing factor to worldwide economic downturnhttp://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2009/03/worldwide-economic-meltdown-and.html
Update: Fox News aired a report about the alarming number of pubs in the U.K. that closed, eliminating 20,000+ jobs. They cite economy, taxes and smoking ban (in that order) as the primary cause of pub failures.
However, the smoking bans were enacted first, pubs closed as a result, shedding 20,000 jobs which then negatively impacted the economy. But media outlets are loathe to report the truth for reasons explained at the link above.