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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 May, 2004

Smoke-free fans never showed up

Saturday, May 29th, 2004

Lisa Sorochan, an owner of the late, lamented Bacchus, says it was hurt badly when the city’s smoking bylaw reduced business by about 50 per cent. The Bacchus opened in 2000. In its first two years, it regularly would close to its 275-person indoors capacity, Sorochan says. As business dwindled, you’d be lucky to find 60 patrons on hand. One estimate of the loss at the Bacchus is $100,000.


Pipe Dreams

Saturday, May 29th, 2004

“Sandee Wright, the co-owner of Whiskey Ward on Essex Street, said she was battling a 30 to 40 percent drop in sales.

“I’ve had to lay three people off, starting with my doorman – my husband does it for free now,” she said.”

Source: New York Post. Link Expired

Smoking ban a cancer on business, bar owners say

Saturday, May 29th, 2004
“Our afternoon business is gone. We’ve lost quite a bit.”

“Bar owners claim they are losing as much as 60 percent of their business as smokers flock to establishments where they can light up.”

“Lora Wilson, owner of Mugsy’s Cafe in Oakdale, said she is losing $150 a day and is cutting back on shifts because she can’t afford to pay her staff of four.”

Source: Norwich Bulletin. Link Expired

Where there’s no smoke …

Thursday, May 27th, 2004

Sales from the late-night crowd at Bogey’s between 10 p.m. and midnight are down about 25 percent, primarily because of lower liquor sales, he said.

Source: Harald Tribune. Link Expired

Taps for Union Colony Brewery

Tuesday, May 25th, 2004
Owner Larry Oyler said Greeley’s smoking ban, enacted in December, was the crushing blow to the business that has slumped through a down economy since 2001. “It’s got to be the ban,” he said. “It pretty much wiped us out down there.”

Brother Jeff Oyler, who manages The New Plantation in Evans, offered some evidence to bolster the claim: Just as Union Colony Brewery’s business sagged by about 25 percent after the ban, new patrons at the Evans bar contributed to a small but measurable business boost, he said.

Source: The Tribune (Colorado). Link

More than 70% of bars and pubs hurt by New Brunswick smoking ban

Monday, May 24th, 2004

The smoking ban is having a devastating impact on the small businesses that dominate the pub, bar, tavern and nightclub sector of the hospitality industry. Fully 79% of drinking establishments report the smoking ban is having an impact and 71% say the impact is negative. Pubs, bars and taverns report an average decline in liquor sales of 23.9% in October compared to a year earlier, nightclubs a decline of 34.5% and legions a decline of 18.8%.

Source: Canada NewsWire Group. Link Expired.

Bottom line on ban still money

Monday, May 24th, 2004

The Restaurant Association of Maryland surveyed 150 Montgomery eateries on the ban. Of the 25 respondents, 71 percent had to lay off employees or cut back employees’ hours, said Melvin R. Thompson, the association’s executive director.

Source: Gazette.net. Link Expired.

Smoking ban, 1 year later

Sunday, May 23rd, 2004

“It has almost put me out of business. We are down about 45 percent for each month,” Zook said. “Our food sales were 48 percent of our business. Now they are down to 10 percent. A lot of people who had drinks with lunch or dinner are not coming in now.

Source: Palm Beach Post. Link Expired

Business Shuts Doors Due To Smoking Ban

Saturday, May 22nd, 2004
Owners of Nicholson’s Cigar Bar say it didn’t make sense to operate a smoke-less cigar bar.
Source: WKYT. Link Expired

Jobs will go up in smoke with statewide smoking ban

Saturday, May 22nd, 2004

For example, the Grand Central Casino in Lakewood reports that since the ban took effect in February, liquor sales are down 42 percent and food sales have dropped 25 percent. Fifteen employees have been laid off and another 40 to 50 jobs are in jeopardy.

As one beleaguered casino employee asked the health department officials, “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?

Source: Norwich Bulletin. Link Expired

Smoking ban may be hurting lotto sales

Wednesday, May 19th, 2004

Joe Mancino owns the Fulton Ale House. He says that since the
smoking ban took effect, his business is down 25%. While that may not
sound like anything new, Mancino says the money he collects for the
state’s Quick Draw game is down as well.

Source: News 10 Now. Link Expired.

Banning the ban on smoking

Wednesday, May 12th, 2004

It’s worse at Tony’s Sports Bar & Restaurant in Queens Village.
“It killed our business,” said owner Tony Narain. Within the
past year, alcohol and beer sales have declined 70 percent, he said.
“I’m losing money right now.”

Source: Newsday. Link Expired

Bottom line on ban still money

Friday, May 7th, 2004

The Restaurant Association of Maryland surveyed 150 Montgomery eateries on the ban. Of the 25 respondents, 71 percent had to lay off employees or cut back employees’ hours, said Melvin R. Thompson, the association’s executive director.

The number of beer kegs sold in the 12 months since the ban took effect, compared with the year before, declined about 4.1 percent to 65,308, according to the county. Sales slipped to about $4.3 million, a 1.76 percent drop from the year before.

Source: Gazette.net. Link expired.

Owners of Anchor Inn say county smoking ban sunk business

Tuesday, May 4th, 2004

Maryland – Since the ban was implemented October 2003 by the Montgomery County Council, Scaggs said Anchor Inn suffered a 40 percent loss in Keno, beer, wine, liquor and food sales.

Prior to the ban, Scaggs had installed a $350,000 ventilation system in the restaurant with air exchangers that took in smoke and replaced it with fresh air.

Source Gazette.net. Link Expired.

Statistics don’t blow smoke: Minicasinos lose revenue

Tuesday, May 4th, 2004

Tukwila Washington

Let me choose a real person for you at random. How about my waitress here in the Ripe Tomato Bar & Grill at the Grand Central Casino? Let me introduce you to Tracy Willows. She’s one of the lucky ones.

The single mother of two young children, a former smoker, drives in from Enumclaw for the day shift. Before the smoking ban, she worked 38 hours a week – enough to qualify for the casino’s medical and dental benefits – and walked away with $75 a day in tips.

Since the ban started in January, the casino has had to slowly cut her hours to 21 per week, not enough to qualify for benefits. On a good day, she said, she’ll make $25 in tips.

(These are the people the nicotine nannies claim they’re helping.)

Source: Tribnet.com. Link Expired

Board denies smoking-ban waiver

Tuesday, May 4th, 2004

The business lost almost $30,000 and 110 bowlers during the 32-week league season, according to a document submitted by Parkin’s attorney, James Kerrigan. In the bowling alley’s busiest months between January and May, Parkin saw a 14 percent decrease in activity comparing the same period in 2004 to 2003.

Source: Ithica Journal. Link Expired.

Counting the cost of New York’s smoking ban

Saturday, May 1st, 2004

“They said the ban would be good for business and for employees,
yet my business is down and three good staff are out of work and unable
to find another job
. One big irony is that most of my staff are smokers,
and now they’re being protected from second-hand smoke.”

The {The New York Nightlife Association} claims that 76% of 300
members surveyed about the ban said business had fallen by an average

Source: The Scotsman. Link Expired


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