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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 June, 2004

The other outcome of the smoking ban

 
Wednesday, June 30th, 2004
The Web – a small tavern in Ogdensburg – will close its doors Saturday.

Owners Janet and Anthony Doerr say the smoking ban destroyed their business. Since it went into affect, the Doerrs says business has gone down hill.

Source: News 10 Now. Link Expired.

Law has bar owners fuming

 
Sunday, June 27th, 2004

The consequences, according to Toni Clifford, a bartender at Ace’s, are already apparent. On a normal weekday afternoon, she used to take in at least $30 in tips. Yesterday, she was hoping for $5.

Source: Berkshire Eagle. Link Expired.

Montgomery County restaurant, bar owners say smoking ban has hurt them

 
Sunday, June 27th, 2004

Montgomery County restaurant, bar owners say smoking ban has hurt them

“I’ve probably lost $50,000 since October,” Levy said. “Everyone is going to VFWs, lodges and country clubs,” where smoking is permitted.

Source: The Gazette. Link Expired

Sign paper, light up. Smoking ban defied at bar

 
Sunday, June 27th, 2004

(Richard Naylon had his customers sign a card that said they had been informed that smoking in his establishment was illegal. Then he served them. This was strictly in accord with the letter of the law. The government bankrupted him with legal fees, but before that:)

Naylon said when smokers returned to Jimmy Mac’s in April, its bar business increased by $25,000 from the previous month.

Source: Newday. Link Expired

Smoking ban hitting trade, claim vintners

 
Friday, June 25th, 2004

Figures from the Dublin trade clearly show that on average, pub revenues have been hit by between 12% and 15%.

Source: UTV Northern Ireland. Link Expired.

Group: Smoking ban hurts business

 
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004
A study released Tuesday by the New York Nightlife Association and the Empire State Restaurant and Tavern Association said the ban that went into effect in July has also led to $28.5 million in lost wages and $37 million in lost gross state product. Affiliated businesses lost another 650 jobs and $56 million in wages and production, the study by Ridgewood Economic Associates said.

Source: Newsday.com. Link Expired

Smoking Ban, One Year Later

 
Monday, June 21st, 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.”

…The Ale House’s food sales have rebounded and are up 6 percent over a year ago, but for the first five months of 2004 alcoholic beverages sales were down $2 million compared with January through May of 2003, Reid said.

Source: Palm Beach Post. Link Expired.

Irish Pub Owners Call for Smoking Ban to Be Eased as Sales Drop

 
Monday, June 21st, 2004

Suppliers of drinks to Irish pubs have posted a decline in sales of between 15 percent and 25 percent, the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland said in an e-mailed statement. The VFI represents more than 6,000 rural pubs.

“Our fear of a severe loss in business as a result of the smoking ban has become a reality for many members,” said Seamus O’Donoghue, president of the VFI, in the statement. “Many small, rural, family-owned pubs have been hit particularly hard.”

Link

Village Inn seeks relief from ban

 
Monday, June 21st, 2004
He estimated that sales are off by as much as 37 percent in daytime business…
“Since I last appeared at a board meeting in July of 2003,” he said, “the Village Inn has been forced to lay off six employees and my payroll has gone from $47,000 to $25,000 per month,” he said.Source: Pioneer Press. Link expired.

Closed For Good

 
Monday, June 21st, 2004
Most of the tickets — prompted by complaints from nightlife-hating neighbors — were for excessive noise inside or for “disorderly sidewalk” when smokers loitered outside. “Now 70 people are out of jobs,” Ferraro said.

Source: New York Post. Link Expired

Irish Pub Owners Call for Smoking Ban to Be Eased as Sales Drop

 
Monday, June 21st, 2004

Irish pub owners called on the government to ease its ban on smoking in bars after drinks sales fell by as much as a quarter in the last two months.

Suppliers of drinks to Irish pubs have posted a decline in sales of between 15 percent and 25 percent, the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland said in an e-mailed statement. The VFI represents more than 6,000 rural pubs.

Source: Bloomberg.com. Link

Lexington smoking ban blamed for decline in bingo revenues

 
Thursday, June 10th, 2004
Lafayette’s bingo also has been affected. On the third Saturday in May last year, Lafayette had 139 players at its bingo session and made $2,219. This year, it had 104 players and raised $65.

Source: Kentucky Heard-Leader. Link Expired.

Restaurants file to halt, repeal smoking ban

 
Thursday, June 10th, 2004
Ratchman said business is up at Ratch and Deb’s. But he said his business’s gain is another’s loss. He said customers fleeing smoke-free establishments have flocked to his restaurant since the ban went into effect on April 19.

“I like to be busy, but I don’t like to take stuff from other people,” Ratchman said.

(This is a typical, but seldom reported, effect of bans. When bans are implemented near locations where freedom is not yet outlawed, smokers flock to venues where they can smoke. This can result in a phenomenal increase business for border venues, at least until their freedom is snuffed out too.)

Source: The Northwestern.com. Link expired.

Fayetteville Restaurant Owners Criticize Smoking Ban

 
Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Fayetteville’s smoking ban has been in place for several months, and some restaurant owners said Tuesday that they are shutting down because of it.

Casa Taco is one restaurant that recently closed its doors. The owner told 40/29’s Melissa Kelly that the smoking ban snuffed out his sales.

“Sales dropped off dramatically,” said Alex Hunt. “We lost our late-night business … a lot of people come in after the bars close.”

Along with Hunt, the owners of the Ozark Brewing Co. and Café Santa Fe said the smoking ban was a factor in their decisions to close.

On Dickson Street, some restaurant owners say their late-night business is down by as much as 25 percent.

Source: 4029tv.com.  Link

Bar, tavern groups tout smoking ban study

 
Wednesday, June 9th, 2004
The study, which was commissioned by the New York Nightlife Association, finds that 2,000 jobs, $28.5 million in wages and $37 million in gross state product have been lost since the ban went into effect on July 24, 2003.
The study also found that businesses which supply and service bars have lost 2,650 jobs, $50 million in earnings and $71.5 million in gross state product.

Source: The Business Review. Link

Defiant pub flouts new Irish smoking ban

 
Monday, June 7th, 2004

The city centre pub in Galway, western Ireland, has seen its business drop by 60 percent since March when smoking in workplaces became illegal.

“We had absolutely no option,” Lawless, 33, told RTE state radio on Wednesday. “We were going to be out of business in the next month anyway.”

Link

New noise plan silent on smoking law’s impact

 
Saturday, June 5th, 2004

[NY Nanny Mayor Boomburg has proposed forcing bars to close at 1 AM, which for many is their most profitable time. The problem? His ban is forcing patrons out on the street where the noise is bothering the neighbors.]

“It’s an irresolvable problem that the city’s created,” said Robert Bookman, attorney for the New York Nightlife Association, of the noise pollution created by the smoking ban. “Short of [citing someone for] disturbing the peace, there’s nothing you can do about people out on the street. It gets into a difficult constitutional problem: you’re allowed to be on the street.”

If nothing else, the smoking ban has increased animosity between bar owners and residents, and it is unclear whether the new noise legislation will alleviate or exacerbate the problem. “[The smoking ban] has helped create an antagonistic environment between the community and the clubs,” said Bookman, attorney for the Nightlife Association. “The music has never been a big problem. I can count on my hands the number of times an establishment has gotten a repeat violation for music.”

Source: The Villager Link

Smoking Ban Takes Toll on High School Band

 
Friday, June 4th, 2004

Lexington, KY – Jackpot Bingo leases its parlor to a dozen different non-profit groups on a regular basis. Those groups rely on bingo revenue as a main fundraiser. However, since the smoking ban went into effect last April, attendance at the bingos has dropped by more than 50 percent.
The Tates Creek High School Marching Band stands to lose about $80,000 this year in bingo money.

“We’re trying to supplement this with raffle ticket sales and candy sales, but $80,000 is a large chunk of change,” says Assistant Band Director Andy Critz.

If the band can’t raise enough money to offset the loss, they may have to cancel some band trips or competitions.

Source: WTQ. Link Expired.

 

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