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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, 2005


Sunday, April 24th, 2005

Brooklyn Democratic Assemblyman Felix Ortiz said his legislation would immediately require public housing complexes to make 50 percent of their apartments smoke-free.

By 2010, smoking in the projects would be outlawed completely, Ortiz said.

(Once again, the nicotine nannies are trying to make it illegal for people to smoke in their homes.)

Source: New York Post. Link expired.

Restaurant, bar owners say smoking ban has hurt business

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

The study, released Tuesday, measured alcohol sales by wholesale distributors to Lexington hotels, bars and restaurants. Richard Thalheimer, who performed the study, said those sales dropped 9.8 percent to 13.3 percent since the ban took effect in April 2004.

Source: WKYT.com. Link Expired

Bar owners still fuming

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

I used to work four days. I’m down to one day,” said James O’Toole, a bartender at Dudley’s Parkview Tavern in New Rochelle, who has taken another job driving a limousine. “From last summer to this summer, coming into this season, business is off by at least 45 percent. … The bar is empty.”

At the Willett House Restaurant in Port Chester, manager Dennis Gallagher said the ban landed a one-two-three punch. Revenues plunged — he said he lost an estimated $50,000 in June 2003, the first month of the ban — which forced him to put his by-the-hour bartenders on the payroll to make up their lost tips. And the business he ran selling cigars at the bar has closed.

“From a health standpoint and from an economic standpoint, the law has made a tremendous amount of sense and has been an overwhelming success,” said Rick Lepkowski, vice president of the Westchester chapter of the American Cancer Society. “Culturally, most people are a lot less tolerant of being in places where people do smoke. In terms of education and the cultural acceptability of smoking, I believe we’ve really turned a corner.”

(It’s not very often that The American Cancer Society admits their goal is to spread intolerance, but here it is in black and white.)

Source: Lohud.com. Link expired.

Smoking ban repels visitors

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

APPLETON, Wis. —Two groups have backed out of plans to bring their conventions here because of a ban on smoking set to take effect July 1, according to the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The bureau’s executive director, Lynn Peters, declined to name the groups, but The Post-Crescent of Appleton said one was a scotch-and-cigar-loving sportsmen’s association and the other a military group with lots of older smokers as members.

Source: Twin Cities, Pioneer Press. Link Expired

Smoke-free law drives patrons away from some Exeter businesses

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

Whereas, J.P.’s Exeter Pub, on Route 3, is losing the bulk of its business and is in fear of closing, according to long-time bartender Linda Osenkowski.

…Neil White, owner of Middle of No-where Diner, who said he wouldn’t want to guess at how many customers he’s lost.

“It’s a large amount of people who used to sit, eat and smoke,” he said. “Now they might get a coffee and run. The ambiance has changed. The locals don’t stay. It definitely affects revenue.”

In the case of J.P.’s Exeter Pub, business relies heavily on smoking customers.

Linda Osenkowski, a 23-year employee, said, “It’s bad. We’re not far from going under. This is just a small, little bar that doesn’t serve food. Just snacks and pizza. It’s really hurt us bad.”

Smoking ban affects gaming revenue more than forecast

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Macquarie analyst Steve Wheen surveyed a number of large charitable trusts that operate slot machines in New Zealand and found their gaming revenues had fallen between 11 per cent and 17 per cent compared with the levels of the previous year. . .

“The smoking ban impact felt by the charitable trusts continues to support our notion that Sky City has underestimated the potential impact of the ban,” he said.

Source: Stuff.co.nz. Link expired.

Bar Closes Doors, Blames Smoking Ban

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Julian’s restaurant and bar made its last call for patrons on Saturday night. Owner Julian Sanfillipo says the smoking ban is to blame for the decline and eventual death of his business.

Julian’s first opened its doors to the public in 1979.

Source: 10tv.com. Link Expired.

2004-05: School year in review

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

A university fixture for more than a decade, Calamity Cafe, closed its doors, much to the dismay of its loyal following. The restaurant cited the smoking ban as hurting business and a reason to close.

Source: Marshall Parthenon. Link

Mpls. Bar Owners Say Ban Is Bad For Business

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Minneapolis (WCCO) Some establishment owners are claiming a huge drop in business since Minneapolis snuffed out smoking three weeks ago.

The smoking ban went in effect March 31 at city bars, restaurants and bowling alleys, but claims of declining business have elected officials thinking about changing the law.

City Councilman Dean Zimmerman, co-sponsor of the city smoking ban, got an earful Wednesday at a meeting with about 40 Minneapolis establishment owners, including Gabby’s owner Jeff Ormond.

“Everybody is seeing declined sales,” Ormond said.

“We’re down between 25 and 30 percent,” one bar owner said.

“We were not prepared for this big chunk of our business to be bitten out of us,” said another.

“We’re the ones risking everything, and I’m very upset about it, and we’ve got to do something about it,” another attendee said.

Zimmerman was willing to suggest the law could change.

“There certainly may be opportunity for doing the partial ban that would mimic what’s happening in St. Paul,” Zimmerman told those in attendance.

During Wednesday’s lunch rush, there were plenty of open tables at Gabby’s in northeast Minneapolis. The bar was practically empty, and owner Ormond was fuming.

“This is the worst — what you’re looking at — the worst problem,” Ormond said, indicating the empty barstools. “Our bar was always semi-full.”

Ormond said business was down 26 percent since the ban went in effect.

“Our bartenders’ tips are down 50 percent. People come in and have one drink and say ‘Hi’ and then ‘Bye, thank you, gotta go to the bar where we can smoke.'”

Before the smoking ban, Ormond had six people serving drinks on a Saturday night. Ormond said he was cutting it to three, because he needed fewer people to serve the declining bar clientele.

In all, Ormond crossed 51 work shifts off his schedule, an amount equal to 10 full-time jobs.

Source: wcco.com. Link expired, mirror link here.

Lincoln police will issue ticket for comedian’s on-stage cigar

Friday, April 15th, 2005

The company that manages the city’s Pershing Center will be cited by police after comedian Ron White violated the city’s smoking ban during a performance last week. Police Chief Tom Casady said SMG of Philadelphia will get a $100 ticket.

“The law says you can’t allow smoking,” Casady said Cigars, scotch and Texas-tough talk are part of White’s act. During the performance at the Pershing Center, a fan shouted out, asking what it was costing him to smoke the cigar at the center. “Nothin’,” White replied. “I said if I can’t smoke, I ain’t comin.”‘

Casady said White will not be ticketed because “he’s long gone.”

Casady said one of his sergeants thought briefly about ticketing White during his act.
“But she said �No way was I going to give a ticket to a comedian on stage with a crowd of 8,000 people,’ ” Casady said. (Brave, aren’t they?)

Source: Journalstar.com.  Link

Smoking ban: Lost sales are cited in 2nd legal challenge

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

William Kozlak, of Jax Cafe, 1928 University Av. NE., said total sales were down $64,942 compared with the same month a year ago. Jeffrey Ormond, of Gabby’s, 1900 NE. Marshall St., said that his gross receipts had dropped 12.4 percent.

The lost business is hurting charitable gambling as well, said Michael Kuduk of the Lions Club. He estimated revenue losses of about 25 percent.

Source: Star Tribune. Link Expired

Bars still hurting from smoking ban

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

At Rosie’s Tavern in Granby, owner Rose Anthony has watched her business plummet over the better part of two years.

“My last quarter that I had to pay my sales tax, I only paid four hundred and fifty dollars. That’s considerably down from fifteen, sixteen hundred I normally pay per quarter,” said Mancino, owner of Fulton Ale House.

Mancino says he’s tired of fighting and unless something drastically changes, he will give up his business of 35 years in September.

Source: News 10 Now. Link Expired.

The Smoking Ban’s Impact

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

“We received a call this morning that, with the smoking ban going into effect July 1st, they’re going to take their party elsewhere. It was booked for 200 people, several thousands dollars worth of business, and it’s amazing just 12 hours after the election that we got the call,” says Joe Kohlbeck, co-owner of The Bar.”

Source: wbay.com. Link

Seniors slam butt-ban plan {that}Would forbid smoking in home

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

Health officials are considering prohibiting elderly smokers from lighting up in their own homes at least an hour before home-care workers are due to arrive

(Nicotine nannies have constantly told us they’d never go after people in their own homes, while quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) planning to do it when the time was right.)

Source: Winnipeg Sun. Link Expired


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