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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 October, 2005

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


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