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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 September, 2005

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

Smoking ban spells end for Mall of America night life

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Night life at the Mall of America has become a thing of the past.

A smoking ban in Bloomington …….has led three bars and night clubs to close in the last week.

Last week three establishments — Jillian’s Hi-Life Lanes, Player’s Bar & Grill and America’s Original Sports Bar — abruptly closed.

Experts say the smoking ban was the biggest reason for the development. ……….

Source: My Fox via Clearing The Air. Link


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