By Robert Wood, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Groups supporting a statewide smoking ban say there would be a big economic boost if that bill were to pass.

The boost is so big it even surprised the guy who did the study, UT School of Public Health Dr. Shelton Brown.  “$404 Million in total cost savings if we had smoke free in the workplace and in public places.”

A big chunk of that money comes from health care savings but there’s also a big amount that comes from increased productivity. Brown says some people will quit smoking because of the statewide workplace ban and that means fewer smoke breaks and more time on the job.