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Archive for 2005

Smoking ban hard to enforce

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

“I just can’t afford to throw people out of here,” said Roger DeRosier, a nonsmoker and the owner of Mr. D’s, where business is off more than 40 percent since the smoking-ban law went into effect July 5.

Source: The Republican. Link Expired.

Pink is the colour of paper slips being handed out at a Melfort hotel as . . . the province’s smoking ban comes into effect

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

We’ve given our bar staff lay off notices. There is not a lot of things you can do as a bar owner. It is a very scary thing,” said Waneta Goldstein, manager of the Chances R Motor Hotel of laying off two staff.

Our customers are requesting a smoking environment. Can we value our customer opinions? No, because our government wants to control us even more by engaging a law that eliminates our rights.”

Source: Canoe CA. Link Expired

Hennepin County board considers exemptions to smoke ban

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Minneapolis, Minn. — The dining room in American Legion Post 600 in Champlin is large enough to fit more than 200 people. It features a small stage in the corner for live music, a couple large screen televisions and arcade-style video games. But during lunchtime on a recent weekday, only four customers are present.

Legion managers say business is down 25 percent since the smoke ban took effect in Hennepin County. As a result, they’ve had to layoff one of their 30 employees. Bartender Mary Voss says in her 34 years at this this Post, she’s never seen business so bad.

Voss says business started dropping soon after commissioners enacted the ban in April. The post is located just across the border from Anoka County where there is no ban. Voss says that’s where a lot of the smoking customers have gone.

“And they’ve taken all of our non-smoking customers with them,” she says. “Because our smoking customers and the non-smoking customers are friends, they all hang out together. If they don’t go across the river, they stay home.”

“You can see the business has gone down a lot,” says Voss. “It’s tough.”

Voss says business started dropping soon after commissioners enacted the ban in April. The post is located just across the border from Anoka County where there is no ban. Voss says that’s where a lot of the smoking customers have gone.

“And they’ve taken all of our non-smoking customers with them,” she says. “Because our smoking customers and the non-smoking customers are friends, they all hang out together. If they don’t go across the river, they stay home.”

Data from the Minnesota Department of Revenue shows a decrease in total taxable sales for establishments that sell liquor in Champlin over the past year. In 2004, for the months of April, May and June, Champlin establishments made $1.63 million in total taxable sales. In 2005, that number fell to $1.46 million.

Taxable sales have gone up for establishments in Coon Rapids, which is just across the border into Anoka county.

“Right after the smoking ban took effect, I had a young man come in in his cammies and his dad came in and they each ordered a beer,” says Voss. “He went to light up a cigarette and I told him he couldn’t smoke. Do you know that poor man just came in from Baghdad that day? Does anybody know what it’s like to have to tell someone who’s fighting for us that they can’t even smoke in their own club? That just made me sick.”

Source: Minnesota Public Radio. Link

Tavern Owners: City’s Smoking Ban Has Hampered Business

Monday, December 12th, 2005

MADISON, Wis. — Five months after the city’s smoking ban was implemented, tavern owners continue to blame the ban for declining business.

Joe Klinzing, spokesman for the Coalition to Save Madison Jobs, said that regular customers are no longer coming in and virtually no new customers are replacing them.

Klinzing said that he blames the smoking ban.

He said that because of slower business, payroll at his bar is down $17,000. He said that that means the regulation is actually taking money from the same workers the ban was designed to help.

Source: Channel 3000. Link

Smoking ban clears the air and bar stools

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

How’s that smoking ban going? I asked.

“Right now,” Wilson said, looking around the 19th Century room with its carved cherubs, tin ceiling and massive oak back bar, “it’s just me and two other people in the place.”

Source: Chicago Tribune. Link expired.

Coping with the smoking ban

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

Many business owners say the ban, approved in a bitter contest in May 2002, by 52 percent of Tempe’s voters, was the reason their profits hemorrhaged.

“My bar business after 9 p.m. dropped $200,000 a year. Not only did it drop, it dropped overnight,” said Steve Goumas, owner of Rúla Búla on Mill Avenue. He said revenue is only now returning to the levels before May 2002.

Many quickly sunk tens of thousands of dollars into constructing patios to afford customers the chance to light up, only to see their investments fail to pay off in a timely fashion.

Bar owners and musicians maintain the ban has had a profound impact on venues featuring local musicians.

“It killed the music scene in Tempe,” Goumas said.

Longtime local musician and non-smoker Walt Richardson has called Tempe home since 1974. The folk and reggae performer hosts weekly open-mike nights in Mill Avenue venues.

“There was definitely a night-and-day difference,” Richardson said. “(The ban) affected how many people would come out to the shows. People were afraid they could get arrested, in terms of the way the laws read on the smoking ban.”

Source: The Arizona Republic. Link

How many jobs lost due to smoking ban?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

The Hennepin County Board takes up a proposal Tuesday afternoon that would weaken the county’s smoking ban ordinance. Some opponents of the county’s current total ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and private clubs say the law is responsible for lost revenues and a loss of more than 2,000 jobs. However state unemployment numbers don’t necessarily support that claim.

We have over 2,500 jobs lost already,” says Sue Jeffers. “Over a million dollars in lost revenues every month.”

Jeffers, who says she opposes any smoking ban, says the ordinance has led to the closing of at least 40 bars. And she says it’s hurting related businesses, like her beer distributor.

“They have already eliminated one entire route,” says Jeffers. “Which is a lot of jobs, because their business was down 16 percent. It all just adds up over and over and over again.”

Hine says there are several factors that make it difficult to determine what’s behind employment trends in the restaurant and bar business. The first is getting comprehensive information on workers. Not everyone who loses a job files for unemployment, and some workers aren’t eligible. In order to file for benefits, a part-time worker has to have been employed, anywhere, for at least six months and have earned at least $1,250.

Hine says more than three-quarters of the people who work in bars and restaurants are part-time employees. He says many workers change jobs frequently and work multiple jobs.

Matthew Lamphear is the former owner of Molly Quinn’s in Minneapolis. He says the smoking ban is the main reason he went out of business. Lamphear says in fact, trouble began for him the first day the law went into effect.

“I immediately had a 25 percent drop in customers,”
says Lamphear.

Lamphear says his best customers, his smoking customers, took their business elsewhere. After three months, he began laying people off and closing his doors earlier.

Lamphear says eventually he had to close for good after he couldn’t afford to pay his bills, and vendors stopped delivering food and beer. His 27 employees had to find work elsewhere. Some, Lamphear says, are having trouble finding new jobs.

As for Lamphear, he says he’s developed a heart condition and is facing a debt of about $250,000.

“I foresee myself pushing a shopping cart, collecting aluminum cans,” he says. “I’m so broke. I don’t know that I could get a job that would pay me enough that I could pay off the remaining bills.”

Source: Minnesota Public Radio. Link

Up In Smoke? Little Jacks Going Condo

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Located on Lowry Avenue Since 1932, Little Jack’s has cited a drop in revenue since the smoking ban was enacted in Minneapolis as a major factor in their decision to redevelop the 1+ acre site. From the Finance & Commerce:

“We’ve seen a decline in business over the years. The smoking ban, I would say, was the nail in the coffin for us,” said Troy Clark, CFO and director of development for Jewell One Inc., which owns Little Jack’s at 201 Lowry Ave. N.E. “Little Jack’s lost literally 40 percent of its clientele over night.

Source: Behind the Mortgage. Link

Updated Hennepin / Ramsey Hospitality closings since smoking ban implementation

Friday, November 25th, 2005

According to this 2004 end of year Star Tribune article [link expired] only 14 establishments closed in ’04…..the last full year without a smoking ban. Since implementing smoking bans the Twin Cities area has seen 150+ closings.…..the facts speak for themselves, smoking bans are very bad for business.

Minneapolis, Bloomington & St. Paul MN. hospitality establishments out of business since the smoking ban began 3/31/05…… 100 closed in 20 months.

Updated list in no particular order (includes updates from MN Monthly, Pioneer Press, Twin Cities Business Journal, KMSP 9 news, WCCO, and more)
1) Hop’s Maple Grove, MN.
2) Denny’s Restaurant Plymouth, MN.
3) Copelands Minneapolis
4) TGIF Brooklyn Center, MN.
5) TGIF Minneapolis, MN.
6) Nick & Tony’s Minneapolis, MN.
7) America’s Original Sportsbar Mall of America Bloomington, MN.
8) Jillian’s Mall of America Bloomington, MN.
9) Park Tavern Bloomington, MN.
10) Larry’s Lounge in Long Lake, MN.
11) Goodfellow’s Minneapolis, MN.
12) Chang O’Hara’s (bankruptcy protection) St. Paul (Now the Happy Gnome)
13) Mainstreet Bar & Cafe Maple Grove, MN.
14) Bilimbi Bay Minneapolis, MN.
15) Bilimbi Bay Apple Valley, MN.
16) Bilimbi Bay Eden Prairie, MN.
17) MN Sports Cafe
18) Jacobs 101 Minneapolis
19) Café Di Napoli Minneapolis
20) Majors
21) Southtown Bingo Bloomington, MN.
22) Italiani’s Plymouth, MN.
23) 3 Muses
24) 13 Moons Minneapolis, MN.
25) 510 Restaurant Minneapolis, MN.
26) Amie
27) Chez Foley Wayzata, MN
28) Chives
29) El Rey de Oro
30) Mpls. Café Minneapolis, MN.
31) Soul City Supper Club
32) Tonic of Uptown Minneapolis, MN.
33) Porter’s Minneapolis, MN.
34) Molly Quinn’s Minneapolis, MN.
35) Minnehaha Grill
36) Margarita Bella Minneapolis, MN.
37) Olive Garden
38) Knuckleheads Comedy Club Mall of America Bloomington, MN.
39) Asian Infusion, St. Paul, MN.
40) Big E.’s Soul Food, Minneapolis, MN.
41) Chet’s Taverna, St. Paul, MN.
42) Ciatti’s, Maplewood, MN.
43) Jazzmine’s, Minneapolis, MN.
44) Katsu Sushi, St. Paul, MN.
45) Le Bambou, Minneapolis
46) Mangia, Minneapolis, MN.
47) Margaux Limitée, St. Paul, MN.
48) Marketplace Café, Minneapolis, MN.
49) Red, Minneapolis, MN.
50) Rockin’ Lobster, St. Paul, MN.
51) Bobino’s Starlight Lounge, Mpls, MN.
52) Wazobia Nigerian Cafe, Minneapolis
53) Waldo’s
54) Player’s Mall of America Bloomington, MN
55) Shamrock’s W. 7th St. Paul (rumor is this one is a personal vendetta by some pro-smoking ban city council members in St. Paul against an owner who testified against the ban. In other words the city refused to extend a license on a technicality, but that’s just the rumor from some St. Paul hospitality business owners, feel free to correct me on this one Mr. Thune)
56) Mojito’s St. Louis Park, MN.
57) Stasius Bar Minneapolis, MN (reopened under new mgmt?) Bob Moffitt Communications Dir. for American Lung MN once referred to Stasiu’s as his “old stomping grounds”. I doubt he shed a tear though in realizing his role in contributing to their demise, because as the Lunger tells us no bars or restaurants have gone out of business due to the smoking bans. In fact, to hear the media & Bob tell it, none of these 76 establishments went out of business at all, they’ve simply closed their doors for an extended period of time to count all the profits that the smoking bans have bestowed upon them.
58) Little Jack’s Minneapolis story here
59) The Buttery St. Paul
60) Cracker Barrel Brooklyn Park, MN.
61) Perkins St. Louis Park, MN.
62) Howie G’s Plymouth, MN.
63) Jake’s Moundsview, MN.
64) Dixie’s Calhoun Minneapolis, MN.
65) Hamlin’s Cafe
66) Loring Grill
67) Pineda Tacos Minneapolis, MN.
68) Sidney’s Minneapolis, MN.
69) Sidney’s Minnetonka, MN.
70) Sidney’s St. Paul, MN.
71) Sidney’s Edina, MN.
72) Zeno’s Minneapolis, MN.
73) Zeno’s Eden Prairie, MN.
74) Louis XIII Edina, MN.
75) Bobino’s Minneapolis (not same as Starlight Lounge)
76) Diner Minneapolis, MN.
77) Big City Tavern
78) Tiburon Minneapolis, MN.
79) Viking Bar Minneapolis, MN. (And now for the real shocker the uber liberal Star Tribune writes a page 2 story which attributes it demise to the smoking ban…….the Star Tribune until now seemed as though they were in the pocket of pharmaceutical nicotine interests.)
80) Sharx Nightclub Minneapolis, MN.
81) Peter’s Grill Minneapolis, MN. Incidentally, Peter’s Grill was one of the establishments which was about to buy Smokeeter air cleaners from me prior to talk of the smoking bans. Thank god the city council spared them from having to make that investment.
82) Mike’s Bar St. Paul, MN (read more here)
83) Billy’s Lighthouse Long Lake, MN.
84) Over the Rainbow St. Paul, MN. (read more here)
85) Boom Minneapolis, MN. (read more here)
86) Sophia’s Minneapolis, MN.
87) Pizza Pie & I Minneapolis
88) Grandma’s Saloon & Eatery Plymouth, MN.
89) The Little Wagon Minneapolis -update: reopening 3/07 under new management
90) Ricky’s Loft Minneapolis
91) Bennigan’s Maplewood, MN.
92) Homestead Restaurant Golden Valley, MN.
93) Pickle’s Lounge St. Paul, MN.
94) LeVain Minneapolis this closing is also mentioned on their website.
95) The Carousel St. Paul, MN.
96) Irv’s Minneapolis, MN.
97) Sully’s Minneapolis “…closing Jan. 31, 2007 due to drop in business because of smoking ban…” -comment provided by Sully’s management to Clearing the Air in a telephone interview.
98) Main Event Bar Minneapolis
99) Odaa Minneapolis
100) Robert Lee Restaurant Minneapolis
101) Baja Riverside Bar & Grill Minneapolis. This article points out how a record number of closed bars & restaurants leads to a dangerous trend of unsafe neighborhoods.
102) Sports Break Bar St. Paul
103) The Quest Minneapolis (for those unfamiliar, this is one of the largest nightclubs in the Twin Cities, once owned by Prince) story here in City Pages
104) Five Restaurant & Street Lounge Minneapolis. The Star Tribune has the story here, but will typically remove the link within days…..the Star & Sickle is embarrassed that the smoking ban agenda, which they endorsed, is destroying the hospitality industry here in record numbers.
105) Auriga Minneapolis
106) Urban Wildlife Bar and Grill, Minneapolis
107) Popeye’s Minneapolis
108) All Stars Bar Spring Park, MN
109) Westrum’s Tavern Minneapolis, MN. Southwest Journal tells the story, though they don’t tell you what we all know…..Judy Westrum’s 40 year old business really began to decline once the smoking ban was enacted. The medias’ intentional suppression of the financial damages inflicted upon the people in the hospitality industry by government smoking bans is an absolute crime.
110) Decoy’s/AlleyCat, NE Minneapolis
111) Italian Pie Shoppe St. Paul, MN.
112) The Lake Inn, Minneapolis
113) Trikx St. Paul, MN closing announcement
114) Timberlodge Steakhouse Roseville
115) Andy’s Garage St. Paul, MN.
116) Fhima’s St. Paul, MN.
117) French Press St. Paul, MN.
118) Andy’s Tap Bloomington, MN. story in the Star Tribune . But true to their pro-smoking ban agenda, the Star Tribune would never report that Andy’s or any of the other 118 bars & restaurants were forced to close due to revenue losses from the smoking bans. Andy’s survived 42 years in business….suddenly and mysteriously the Strib would have you believe the customer base for Andy’s Tap just disappeared. With 42 years business experience for Andy’s, 70 years for Porter’s Bar, 40 years for Westrum’s Tavern…….it must have been an unprecedented, colossal, and historic event which forced these businesses to close; and it was………..the smoking bans.
119) Backyard Bar & Grill Bloomington, MN
120) Bridgeman’s, Richfield
121) Riverside Restaurant, Minneapolis
122) The Poodle Club, Minneapolis
123) TGI Fridays Brooklyn Park, MN.
124) Coyote Grille Brooklyn Center, MN. Mgmt. here holds no punches as they boldly report the smoking ban led to their demise more here
125) A Rebours St. Paul, MN. more here from the Pioneer Press (they (Pio Press) are known for removing their links within days)
126) Margaux St. Paul, MN. closing announcement here
127 ) Chico Chica St Paul, MN
128 ) Ruam Mit Thai St. Paul, MN
129 ) Cafe of the Americas, Minneapolis, MN
130) Willie’s Wine Bar Minneapolis, MN.
131) Old Chicago Minneapolis, MN. (Comment from a reader) Just heard on the news that Old Chicago in DT Minnepolis will close due to the “decrease of traffic in the area.” No mention of the smoking ban, but I have heard from bartenders at Old Chicago that the “decrease in traffic” started with the smoking ban.
132) Shelly’s Restaurant St. Louis Park, MN has closed as announced in the Star Tribune.
133) Roberts on 10 Maplewood, MN.
134) DD’s Cafe Crystal, MN.
135) TimberLodge Steakhouse St. Louis Park, MN.
136) DooLittle’s Plymouth, MN.
137) DooLittle’s Coon Rapids, MN.
138) TGI Friday’s Plymouth, MN.
139) Copper Bleu Lakeville, MN.
140) Pizza Nea Minneapolis, MN.
141) Rush (formerly Rodeo) Cottage Grove, MN.
142) T.F. Boonies Detroit Lakes, MN.143) Dale’s Beltrami County, MN.
144) Git R Done Beltrami County, MN.
145) Mason’s Beltrami County, MN.
146) Northwoods Steakhouse Beltrami County, MN.
147) Pour Willie’s 71 Bar Beltrami County, MN.
148) Union Station Beltrami County, MN.
149) Ember’s Mankato, MN. Co-owner Nicole couldn’t fight back tears while talking about how much she’s going to miss her co-workers and customers.
150) Larry’s Bar in Fergus Falls, MN. story here
151) The Broken Axe Moorhead, MN. Management stated by phone that the smoking ban was the greatest single contributing factor for the loss of revenue and subsequent closing. 12/31/07 was their last night of business.
152) VFW Post 8854 St. Paul, MN. (this was the last remaining VFW in St. Paul)
153) Northern Lights Bar and Grill Montevideo, MN
154) Detoy’s Family Restaunt Granite Falls, MN
155) Langesson’s Benson, MN
156)- Buffet Holdings Inc. Eagan, MN. owns Country Buffet, Ryan’s and Tahoe Joe’s brands, 626 establishments in total, files for bankruptcy.
157) – Maurer’s Parkside Lounge Rick Maurer said, “… the smoking ban dealt it a deadly blow, taking away more than a quarter of its clientele.” (the quote and link is to a Pioneer Press article 2/7/08, and as part of mainstream media’s concerted effort not to report any negative aspects of the smoking ban; is subject to be removed at any time)
158) -Back to the 50’s Ramsey, MN.
159) Don Pablo’s Minnetonka, MN.
160) 4 Alarm Bar & Grill Rockford, MN.
161) New Delhi Bar & Restaurant Minneapolis, MN.
162) Richard’s on Main Norwood / Young America, MN.
163) Emma’s Restaurant & Lounge Minneapolis, MN.
164) Cafe Limon Minneapolis, MN.
165) Chang Bang Minneapolis, MN.
166) 700 Express Minneapolis, MN.
167) Soba’s Minneapolis, MN.
168) Cafe 44 Minneapolis, MN.
169) Pane Vino Dolce Minneapolis, MN.
170) Don Pablo’s Eagan, MN.
171) Don Pablo’s Woodbury, MN.
172) Baker’s Square Plymouth, MN.
173) Oakies of Oakdale, MN. -owner Charles Senkler informed Clearing the Air “….the bottom dropped out of both food and beverage sales with the State Wide Ban…..”
174) Isabel’s Minneapolis, MN.
175) Baker’s Square Minnetonka, MN.
176) Joe’s Crab Shack Maple Grove, MN.
177) Baker’s Square Burnsville, MN.
178) Baker’s Square St. Paul, MN.
179) Baker’s Square Minneapolis, MN.
180) Baker’s Square Stillwater, MN.
181) Baker’s Square St. Anthony, MN.
182) Bentley’s Vadnais Heights, MN.
183) Bingo Plus Inver Grove Heights, MN.
184) Hillcrest Bingo St. Paul, MN.
185) Midway Bingo St. Paul, MN.
186) Cottage Grove Bingo (formerly Fantasy Cruise Bingo) Cottage Grove, MN. the closing of bingo halls due to smoking bans, documented here, is particularly damaging because bingo halls provided tens of millions back to the community in charitable funding for hockey leagues, little league baseball, etc…….not anymore; thanks to the Nicoderm special interests and the non-profits they funded. (By the way I personally designed and provided Cottage Grove Bingo a $35,000+ state of the art, air filtration system……theirs was the best of the best)
187) Romano’s Macaroni Grill Burnsville, MN.
By the way, 187 closings are approximately 1/3 of the total liquor licenses in Minneapolis…..so you can see that it is an unusually high percentage of closings that have ocurred since smoking has been banned here.
188) Passage to India Minneapolis, MN.
189) Lotus Restaurant Minneapolis, MN.
190) Temple Restaurant Minneapolis, MN.
191) Romano’s Macaroni Grill Rochester, MN.
192) Joe’s Crab Shack Roseville, MN.
193) Finnegan’s Pub Delano, MN.
194) Grandma’s Saloon Minneapolis, MN. closing 5/22/08 -The president of Grandma’s Corporation, Brian Daugherty, said legislation like the smoking ban has deteriorated the state of hospitality jobs in Minneapolis. The ironic thing here is that this quote and link comes from liberal U of M online publication the MNDaily, whose members from day one have argued that smoking bans are not to blame for hospitality closings.
195) Foundation Nightclub Minneapolis, MN.

Apparently the pro-smoking ban activists lied to lawmakers and the employees who would later lose their jobs. when they stated that smoking bans were good for business.

The pharmaceutical nicotine industry which funds non-profit organizations to lobby in favor of smoking bans, continue to tell lawmakers that smoking bans are boom for business. However, the business owners previously mentioned, and laid-off employees tell a different story.What motivates Nicoderm, Nicoderm CQ, Nicotrol, and Chantix drug makers Johnson & Johnson Company, Pfizer, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to continue funding smoking ban efforts? Nearly $1 billion in smoking cessation products sales annually for starters.

Johnson & Johnson’s private foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to smoking ban lobbyists; such as the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, American Non-Smoker’s Rights, etc. The motive appears to be a rent seeking agenda, J & J’s wholly owned subsidiary ALZA manufactures Nicoderm and Nicoderm CQ for GSK; additionally J & J’s purchase of Pfizer home healthcare products unit means J & J also profits from Nicotrol product sales. Nicoderm, Nicoderm CQ, and Nicotrol products are alternative tobacco products, which directly benefit from smoking bans. Here in Minnesota, Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well as ClearWay MN crowed about the three-fold increase in demand for alternative nicotine products after smoking ban legislation was implemented. Perhaps a boycott of all Johnson & Johnson products is the proper response to their lack of ethical business practice.
But that’s the dilemma our local politicians find themselves in……..on the one side is the rich and powerful special interest group demanding laws that financially benefit their marketing interests…..and on the other side is the individual whose rights they were elected to uphold and serve. I guess it all comes down to a simple question: are they a servant of the people, or a slave to big money interests?

Oh…..and then there are these pesky little air quality test results that prove secondhand smoke concentrations are 2.6 – 25,000 times safer than OSHA workplace air quality standards.

It’s clearly time to reverse these anti-business smoking ban laws, in light of the fact that politicians are influenced by distorted and omitted data from the pharmaceutical nicotine industry and the non-profit organizations in their employ. Especially when you consider the tens of thousands of individuals now unemployed due to these onerous and unnecessary laws.

Source: Cleanarequality.blogspot.com. Link

Bars say smoking ban killing business

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Marcel Etheridge of the Beverage Industry Association says alcohol sales are down since the ban came in two weeks ago. “I haven’t met any bar owner that has said business has not gone down,” he said. “At the moment, it ranges from 30 per cent minimum to 60 per cent maximum.”

Source: CBC.CA. Link Expired.

State smoking ban marks 2-year anniversary

Friday, November 25th, 2005

On any given Sunday, smokers used to be puffing away inside the local Menands Diner on Broadway in Menands. The ban put an end to it and the owner, Alex Vasilakos, says business has never been the same.

Two years after the smoking ban, the small family diner is losing approximately $7,000 a month. Vasilakos says that is a lot for a small business.

Smokers used to come in and play Quick Draw while having a smoke and a cup of coffee.
The owner and workers at Menands Diner say they too enjoy a smoke-free workplace, but it comes at a price they simply can’t afford.

Source: WNYT.com. Link Expired.

Bar, eatery owners ask county to reconsider smoking ban

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Martin Duffy, owner of Duffy’s Bar and Grill in Osseo, said his income decreased 35 percent from March, the last month before the smoking restrictions went into effect, and May.

Jeff Ormond, who owns Gabby’s Saloon and Eatery in northeast Minneapolis, said he has seen his business slip 12 percent in April and 24 percent in May.

Ormond co-founded the Minneapolis Hospitality Association, a group of more than 60 bars and restaurants in Hennepin’s largest city…very business on the {MHA}list has reported losses of 10 to 50 percent of its regular monthly business in two months. He said that he has personally cut 10 of his 93 employees in the past two months.

In March, she said the VFW’s gross receipts exceeded $400,000. In April and May, she said receipts are closer to $250,000. Gambling receipts, she said, are down 46 percent. Money lost to the smoking ban, she said, is money lost for local charities.

Source: MN Sun. Link Expired

DL bar owner says smoking ban put him out of business

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) – A Detroit Lakes area bar owner is blaming Minnesota’s new smoking ban for putting him out of business.

Tweten said his “happy hours” were growing when the ban hit, but after that his after-work business shrunk to nothing.

Magnan [DOH Nicotine Nanny ] said the smoking ban would protect Minnesotans from the health risks of secondhand smoke. (And also protect them from going to bars, working in restaurants, enjoying clubs, etc.)

Source: ktsp.com Link

Smoking ban affecting businesses both good and bad

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

The bingo parlor used to make up to $40,000 a month but now it’s in the red, Gibbens said. He said it’s hurting the organization’s disabled clients, who no longer get money for taxi rides.

Source: Grand Forks Herald. Link Expired.

Total smoking ban ‘in 10 years’

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

A complete ban on smoking in enclosed public places could be introduced in England within a decade, Scotland’s former health minister has predicted.

Mr Galbraith, who introduced the bill to ban smoking in public places in Scotland, said he thought the partial ban in England was “just a stage towards a total ban”.

(This is the way nicotine nannies work: A little here, then a little there, all working toward a complete ban, including in people’s cars and homes. This is why any kind of a compromise with them is always a bad idea.)

Source: BBC News. Link

Time to ban porch smoking says Galway health officer

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

An award-winning senior environmental health officer, who has carried out groundbreaking research on the effects of passive smoking, is calling for a ban on “porch smoking” in the light of a recent local study which indicates that smoke is drifting into pubs from outside.

He says there is no safe limit of exposure to second-hand smoke. (There are safe limits of arsnic, cyniade, and every other toxin. Except SHS. There’s no safe level of that according to these “experts.”) “However it can be useful to assess the effectiveness of smoking policies or bans in terms of population risk thresholds they may exceed. Before the ban, three bars (16 per cent) were below a ‘significant risk standard’ applied in the US for lung cancer over a working lifetime (of 45 years). After the ban, this had increased to 10 (53 per cent).”

Mr Mulcahy says there is a need to examine the possible benefits of introducing “smoker exclusion zones” and ventilation ducts.

“We need to look at the closeness of outdoor smoking shelters to buildings and ensure they are not contributing to tobacco smoke pollution in adjoining buildings.”

(So this vile Nicotine Nazi is not content to force smokers into the weather. Now he wants to follow them outside and continue harassing them.)

Smoking ban killed bar: owner

Friday, October 14th, 2005

The owner of a bar in Happy Valley-Goose Bay is blaming its closure on the provincial government’s new indoor smoking ban.

Rumours night club shut down last week after serving customers for nearly 26 years.

Owner Mike Lethbridge says there was a dramatic drop in business after the new smoking regulations came into effect this summer: “After the smoking ban, it was like somebody turned on a light. It was just nobody there – absolutely nobody,” said Lethbridge.

Before the ban, Lethbridge says he employed eight people each Friday night.

After the ban, Lethbridge dropped the number to three.

“Last Friday night, we had two staff,” he said.

The Beverage Industry Association says four other bars across the province have shut down since the ban came into effect July 1.

The provincial Alliance for the Control of Tobacco says it regrets the layoffs, but executive director Kevin Coady says the health of people – not businesses – is its top priority.

“In no way is it our intention to hurt people – this is all about protecting people.”

(The sanctimonious twit protected them all right – protected them right out of their jobs into the unemployment line.  And for numerous reasons, being out of work is not very healthy.)

Source: cbc.ca.  Link

Pubs ‘hit hard’ by smoking ban

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

“I know of bars that are down by as much as 50 per cent,” he said.

“I would suggest there has been at least 20 per cent across the board.”

Mr Hennessy said with all the other legislation that was targeting the hospitality industry, such as the Holidays Act, many suburban and rural pubs may be forced to close.

O’Malley’s Irish Bar in Rotorua has also been feeling the effects of the legislation. Owner Terry Meagher said the bar’s revenue had been down by about 20 per cent and many other bar owners were experiencing the same thing.

He said O’Malley’s had been closing earlier during the weeknights because people were simply choosing to go home rather than stand outside and smoke – especially in the winter.

Some clubs claim to have lost about $150,000.

Source: The Daily Post. Link

Bar owners allege smoking ban causes financial harm

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

The court heard testimony from bar owners who claimed their revenues dropped by at least 20 percent one month after the ban went into effect. Also several bartenders and waitresses testified that their tips have fallen by 50 percent.

Source: The Daily Texan. Link

Injunction Attempt To Stop Smoking Ban

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

Bar owners say its not only bad for business, it could very well put them out of business if not reversed.

“My clients since the smoking ban went into effect on September 1, many of them are losing up to half of their income, and this is not only bar owners but also bartenders, people who rely on this for their livelihood,” attorney representing bar owners Mark Levin said.

They’re now taking a stand. Bar owners are hoping a federal judge will grant an injunction prohibiting the city from enforcing the smoking ordinance.

Source: kxan.com Link

Smoking Ban and Convention Business

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Madison’s smoking ban is pushing at least one convention away. The Tavern League of Wisconsin says from now on it won’t hold future meetings in cities that ban smoking, including Madison and Appleton.

The head of a group that pushed Appleton’s smoking ban says the league is foolish to base its decision on smoking, when there are so many other things to consider about a particular community. (Typical nanny response.)

About 600 people are attending the Tavern League four day convention in Appleton this week.

Source: nbc15.com Link

Local Restaurant Closes, Owner Blames Smoking Ban

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

But when the ban into effect back in May, he says things went from bad to worse.
In the Wausau Center Mall, Diamond Dave’s was considered a novelty business. It was the only place inside the mall that allowed smoking, and owner Steve Frazier says many people flocked there to do just that.

“It was a smoking destination. That was my role and everyone that came in was okay with that,” Frazier says.

But that’s not the case anymore. Diamond Dave’s is officially out of business, and Frazier says the reason is simple.

“The economic sanctions placed on us by the smoking ban by the Wausau City Council caused a dramatic decrease in sales, and we were no longer able to do business here,” Frazier says.

That drop? 20 percent...and Frazier didn’t forsee business getting any better.

Source: wsaw.com Link

Minneapolis Bars Blame Smoking Ban For Closings

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

Minneapolis (WCCO) ― Minneapolis bars and restaurants went smoke-free on March 31 and some business owners say their earnings have gone up in smoke ever since.

Porter’s Bar & Grill on Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis is one establishment that said it’s closing its doors for good. It’s been in business since 1938.

Thirty-five bars have gone out of business in Minneapolis since the ban went into effect.
On average, that amounts to about one every eleven days.

“March 31 of this year, when the smoking ban went into effect, we lost about 30 percent of our customer base,” said Matthew Lamphear, owner of Molly Quinn’s Irish Pub.
Lamphear told almost all of his staff this is their last weekend.

“I’ve laid off about half my staff and I’m still losing $500 a day right now,” Lamphear said. “That much business has moved elsewhere.”

He said even a new $9,000 deck could not help.

“The smokers moved and the smoker’s friends moved,” Lamphear said.

Source: wcco.com. Link

Bucking The Ban

Friday, September 30th, 2005

For eight years, Dale Beck has been relying on blue–collar workers to fill his bar in this industrial neighborhood on the northeast side of Madison.

But since the smoking ban took effect, Beck says he’s lost more than half his business.
“..we’re dying out here … and we’ve got to do something, either get a compromise with the city or we got to do something to stay afloat,” said Beck.

And Beck is doing something … By taking a closer look at the ordinance and finding what he says in a loophole.

In a section under enforcement, the ban state’s that the owner of an establishment has to tell a person smoking is not allowed … or … and that’s the key word … refuse them service.

According to the words in the smoking ban, the Locker Room, either has to ask the person to stop smoking or refuse them service. They’re choosing the first, asking them not to smoke, and leaving it at that

“The first part says that we have to tell them to stop smoking, tell them that we don’t allow it in the city of Madison, that they have to go outside. We do that to everyone who lights up,” said Beck.

And if that person keeps smoking, the Locker Room doesn’t do anything else to stop them.

A clever approach to bucking the smoking ban, says city attorney Michael May … but one that he says will never hold up in court.

“…the ordinance makes it clear that people who own establishments have to take reasonable steps to keep people from smoking in there,” said May. May says the example that Beck thinks is a loophole, is only a suggestion to owners for how to self–police the ban … not a way to get out of it.

And as a result, May says doesn’t have a shot, at bucking the ban.

Source: nbc15.com. Link

Smoking Ban Kills Bingo in Minnesota

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

South Town Bingo, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, closed down two weeks ago, after income began to decrease dramatically after smoking was banned from the town’s bars. Many players ceased visiting the bingo hall, and chose instead to drive to other neighboring towns without bans.

Source: Bingo.com Link


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