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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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Archive for April, 2004

Bar smoking ban: Air cleaner, business down

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004
They say customers disappeared when the law went into effect in January. The president of the Maine Restaurant Association says business is down by 30 percent at some establishments, especially those near New Hampshire, where tavern air retains its smoky haze.

“Business is off big-time,” Dick Grotton said. “The law continues to be a source of extreme irritation.”

Source: Maine Today. Link Expired

Businesses Look For Ways Around Smoking Ban

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004
Allen Gilbert owns Friends and Company. “We’ve lost a lot of our happy hour crowd. Since the smoking ban has gone into effect, we’re down almost 30-percent.

The restaurant has experienced the lowest revenue in the last 19 months.

Source: WKYT. Link Expired.

Smoking ban hurts profits, bars say

Wednesday, April 21st, 2004
The ban, he said, is costing him $70,000 a year in gross profit. “I’m making up some in food sales, but it will take me five years to get back to the profit margin I was making two years ago.”

That loss is trickling down to his employees, he said. “It affects whether I can provide insurance and benefits to key employees,” he said.

Source: Maine Sunday Telegram: Link Expired

Smoke-free move threatens diner

Wednesday, April 21st, 2004
Angelo Bazzoni said that after his Highway 17 eatery banned the weed on Jan. 1, business fell off by more than half and has yet to recover.

Source: Ontario Chronicle Journal. Link Expired

Smoking ban burns businesses

Wednesday, April 14th, 2004

To see how well the smoking ban here is working out, join Tracy Willows at the end of her shift, when she is shaking her head at the 20 bucks — if she’s lucky — in her pocket and wondering if her pay will be enough to fill her gas tank, much less put food on the table or buy gym uniforms for her two kids.

“I can’t even pay my rent. My parents have been making my car payments for me, but they can’t do that anymore,” she said this week from a booth at the Grand Central Casino, where she is a waitress.

This casino has laid off 15 employees since the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health’s new smoking regulations went into effect in earnest Feb. 26. And managers say they will lay off 40 to 50 more if the business slump, which they blame on the ban, continues.

My tips have gone down from $70 or $80 a day to less than $20,” Willows said.

Other bar and restaurant owners say they have fired employees or cut back hours because of sudden drops in revenue.

The Grand Central Casino in Lakewood says its gambling take since Feb. 26 is down 35 percent from what it had projected. Its liquor sales dropped by 42 percent, and its food sales are down 25 percent, said regional manager Greg Bakamis.

In contrast, the company’s casino in Tukwila, King County, which allows smoking, has met or exceeded projections during the same period.

In the meantime, Dawn Forsman, a card dealer at Freddie’s Casino in Fife, says her job is on the line. She told the Board of Health this week that her pay has been cut in half during the ban.

“How many people have to lose their cars and their jobs and their homes before you see that trying to protect my health is endangering my livelihood?” she said.


Bar owners hope to fight smoking ban

Friday, April 9th, 2004

Since the beginning of April when the state ban on smoking in bars took effect, the bartender at the Brown Derby on Route 32 said her income
has dropped by more than half.

Source: Norwich Bulletin. Link Expired.

Smoking Ban Hurts Track

Friday, April 9th, 2004

William Rickman Jr., president of Delaware Park, said the ban resulted
in a $36 million loss in gross revenues last year and about $72 million
throughout the state.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer. Link Expired.

Owner Closes, Blames Smoking Ban

Friday, April 9th, 2004

After 10 years in business, a neighborhood bar is closing its doors. The owner blames the state’s smoking ban.


Owner Closes, Blames Smoking Ban

Friday, April 9th, 2004

After 10 years in business, a neighborhood bar is closing its doors. The owner blames the state’s smoking ban.

She says many of her customers who smoke now stay home and she’s angry at the state.



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