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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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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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