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Nicotine Nannies claim smoking bans are good for business. But if that were the case, could this list exist, and could it be so huge? (Please note, this is only a small sample of articles available on the subject.)

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Smoking hearing snuffed

Sunday, May 19th, 2002

As they left the meeting, the silence turned to anger.

They’re not going to hear us at all?” one woman complained. This is democracy?” another said.

Opponents of the smoking ban, which took effect Jan. 1, say it is stamping out business and stripping adults of their right to make their own choices.

As they spilled out of the meeting and into the town hall lobby, bartenders talked about tips that have been cut in half, owners said they are struggling to stay in business, and residents insisted that they should be able to enjoy a cigarette with a drink.

Dianne Miller said her bartending job at Memory Lane is ideal because it allows her to spend days with her 4-year-old daughter. A packed bar always meant good tips, but now there are nights when only 10 customers wander in, she said.

She said the smoking ban is to blame because it drives customers to smoker-friendly communities like Quincy.

I went from making a very good weekly paycheck to making minimum wage,” Miller said. I’m now making less than a McDonald’s employee.”


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