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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, 2005

Madison bar owners say smoking ban hurts

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Revenues disappearing as customers head out of town

“It’s terrible, absolutely terrible,” said Cal Beecher, owner of the Tip Top Tavern. “I’ve been here 32 years. It’s going to close me down.”

Terry Olson, co-owner of Ole ‘N Rick’s North Side Inn in Madison, said business is down 60 percent and he started cutting back shifts for three or four bartenders Monday.
Patty Telvick, general manager of the Buckeye Inn, said her regulars have disappeared and nonsmokers have not taken their place.

Dave Wiganowsky, owner of Wiggie’s, said nonsmokers do not spend enough to make up for the loss of customers.

“We had two nonsmokers,” Wiganowsky said. “They bought two cans of pop and said, ‘Isn’t this wonderful?’ and walked out. That won’t pay the light bill.”

Meanwhile, bars just outside Madison are reporting an increase in customers.

Source: Wisnifo.com. Link Expired.

Skycity downgrade blamed on smoking ban

Friday, May 13th, 2005

Shares in Skycity Entertainment Group Ltd fell sharply on Friday after the New Zealand-based gaming firm downgraded its full year profit forecast due largely to the worse-than-expected impact of smoking bans.

The company revised downwards its earnings guidance for fiscal 2005 to between $NZ100 million and $NZ103 million ($A94 million and $A97 million), saying the introduction of smoking bans in New Zealand in December 2004 had had a significant impact on revenue at hospitality and entertainment venues.

Source: smn.com.au. Link

City smoking bans drag down business for some

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

In Pueblo, bar and restaurant owners tick off the list of businesses that have closed since a nonsmoking ordinance was passed two years ago.

There’s Mugsy’s and the Town Tavern, longtime watering holes near the Rocky Mountain Steel Mill; Bruno’s Beer Joynt downtown; Pepper’s, a northside dance club; and The Silver Saddle, a decades-old dance hall on the south side.

Pete Meersman, president of the Colorado Restaurant Association, said Pueblo’s experience is typical of a migration in Colorado cities that have banned smoking. Smoking customers simply move from restaurants and bars inside the city to those outside.

“If you take Pueblo, Fort Collins and all of these cities, there are places just outside the city limits that saw an increase in business, especially the bar crowd,” Meersman said.

The Restaurant Association of Maryland found that restaurant and bar business fell by 11 percent in Talbot County during the year after a smoking ban was enacted.

“We found that the economic damage to smaller independent restaurants and bars was much more significant than large chain restaurants,” said Melvin Thompson of the Restaurant Association of Maryland.

Source: The Rocky Mountain News. Link expired.

Got a Light?

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

In came a woman, who sat down next to him and signaled the bartender. “There were only three people there,” says Line, “and she was talking to her buddy, and I could see her out of the corner of my eye making a choking sign to her buddy and going ‘hack hack.’ “

Line ignored her, not because he doesn’t know the Heimlich — he does — but because he knew she was just making fun of his habit. “It’s gotten ridiculous,” he says. “People think you’re stupid now, like, ‘Oh, my God, you must be an idiot, you know what it does to you.’ She had to sit next to me just so she could fake choke. I hate that shit.”

This scenario replays itself every night. The actors and the setting might change, but the message is the same: Smokers are pariahs. People turn their noses up and away from them. It’s become PC to diss a smoker in public.

Ask any waiter which customers are the most laid-back, and odds are he’ll say the smokers. Go to any event and follow the laughter; it’s probably coming from the smokers out back.

Todd and Lisa Line never would’ve met if they hadn’t both been into butts. “You tend to get on the same smoking schedule as someone you think is hot,” he says, referring to when they used to work in the same building.

“I really didn’t realize at first that he was checking me out,” she says. He sneaked right up on her, and now they’ve been married for six years.

If antismokers had had their way, Todd never would’ve met the love of his life. How’s that for family values? Oh, and he’s also helping her take care of her kid. That’s right: one less single-parent family, thanks to smoking.

Frank makes up to $200 a night manning the smoking section, although that’ll all end come September, when the ban goes into effect.

Two University of North Texas economists studied the effects of the smoking ban in restaurants, and the results were released in October 2004: Dallas lost $11.8 million (or 3.6 percent) in alcoholic beverage sales in 2003 compared with 2002. You could blame it on a sliding economy, but business was booming in the smoke-friendly suburbs, where hooch sales increased from 3.2 percent (Richardson) to 7.9 percent (Plano) to 12.2 percent (Frisco). The only other city showing a loss was Irving, down 0.8 percent.

The study also claims four longtime Dallas restaurants were forced to close on account of the ban.

Source: Huston Press. Link

State gave flawed data on smoking ban’s effect

Monday, May 2nd, 2005

You dismissed our complaints about the data being flawed. But how else would you characterize a report on the effect of the smoking ban that left out businesses that closed after the ban? Leaving out the hundreds of businesses forced to close because of the ban clearly distorts the findings.

Even with this manipulation of the data, the report found that bar and tavern sales fell dramatically following the implementation of the ban and that they have not recovered since. Translating this into sales, the ban cost New York’s bar and tavern owners more than $80 million in sales since the law went into effect.

Businesses forced to close. Severe economic harm experienced by hundreds of businesses. More than $80 million in lost bar and tavern sales. We may argue about the merits of the ban, but when it comes to the economic impact of the ban … case closed.

Source: Albany Times Union. Original link expired, Mirror here


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