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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 Ban Puts Restaurant Profits Up In Smoke

Tuesday, June 18th, 2002

In Haverhill, the bar banter has moved outside. Three months ago, the city banned smoking in most restaurants. The ashtrays may be gone, but so are the customers.

“I would say we lost 30 to 40 percent of our business right off top since March 1, and it happened that day,” restaurant owner Mike Difeo said.

It was a similar story at Benny’s farther north on Route 125.

“It’s a struggle. I’ve lost $49,000 as of today, and I can see I lost my main base of customers because of non-smoking. I am losing help. My people are not making money. I went from 58 employees to 44 employees,” restaurant owner Ben Brienza said.


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