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Archive for 2006

Four hours of torture

Friday, December 8th, 2006

A 17-year-old student was burned with a home-made flame thrower during a horrifying four-hour torture ordeal, a court heard.

Aerosol cans of air freshener and furniture polish were squirted at Katy James and the jets set alight with a naked flame. She was attacked by a gang of teenagers at the flat they shared in Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove, after her smoking was blamed for Hayley Kirby’s miscarriage.

he violence was begun by Kirby who slapped Miss James, called her a whore and branded her a murderer.

Source: Bromsgrove Advertsier. Link

(I wonder how much of the thugs inspiration came from campaigns claiming that SHS kills. They obviously believed it.)

Williston bingo parlor closing

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

WILLISTON (AP) – The Bingo Barn is closing after 20 years, and officials say the state’s law that bans most indoor smoking is the reason.

The bingo parlor, which will shut down after its final session on Saturday, supported three charities: the Williston State College Foundation, Williston Basin Skating Club and North Dakota Association for the Disabled.

Source: The Bismark Tribune. Link

Williston bingo parlor closing

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

WILLISTON (AP) – The Bingo Barn is closing after 20 years, and officials say the state’s law that bans most indoor smoking is the reason.

The bingo parlor, which will shut down after its final session on Saturday, supported three charities: the Williston State College Foundation, Williston Basin Skating Club and North Dakota Association for the Disabled.

Officials said bingo parlor revenue dropped after the smoking ban went into effect in August 2005, but the parlor still had to pay more than $100,000 in state taxes for the fiscal year that ended June 30 of this year.

The charities said they will join others in seeking legislation next year to change tax laws for bingo parlors.

Source: Bismark Tribune. Link

Quebec bars take smoking ban to court

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Sergakis said he knows of at least 25 bars that have gone bankrupt so far and hundreds of others that have suffered serious financial consequences since the law took effect.

Source: Canada.com Link

Local bingos are getting smoked out

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

I hate to say, “I told you so.” Ah, who am I kidding? To be honest, I love to say, “I told you so,” especially when it comes to how the city’s smoking bylaw has negatively impacted local charity bingo halls.

Back then I quoted the concerns of Teresa Young, volunteer president of the Fort Road Bingo Association. “In places like Ontario and British Columbia where smoking was banned, bingos lost from 40% to 70% of their business and some closed down,” Young told me four years ago.

It’s said that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. But politicians turned a blind eye to the shocking figures about the loss of business in other jurisdictions.

I remember talking to several who pooh-poohed the notion that a mere smoking ban could hurt business all that much. Oh yeah? Well, I told you so.

Bingo halls in Edmonton are closing and business is bad since the full smoking ban was introduced in July 2005.

A study by the Satellite Bingo Association revealed that attendance at bingos was down 25% in the first 12 months of the smoking ban compared the previous year.
What’s more, profit from bingos that go to charities was down an alarming 53% in that time frame, or $6.8 million.

That has a direct impact on the hundreds of charities that benefit from bingo bucks – everything from boxing clubs to amateur hockey teams.

On Sunday, Crest Bingo Hall, at 3414 118 Ave., closed.

The executive director of Alberta Satellite Bingo said that makes four Edmonton halls that have closed since the July 2005 butt-ban bylaw kicked in. “The Londonderry Bingo Hall closed, so did the Palms and the Alberta Avenue community league’s,” said Alberta Satellite Bingo executive director Ian Taylor.

His organization used provincial government figures to compile the gloomy report into bingo profits.

Taylor said he sent the mayor and councillors a copy of the report but only the mayor replied – and with a short note at that. “He just said he didn’t think council had the will to reopen the smoking issue.”

Talk about your hit-and-run politics. Here we have a council that passed a bylaw that wound up crippling business and impacting charities, but the politicians just don’t give a damn.

“There’s going to be less money left for charities,” said Taylor. They’ll stop programs or look somewhere else to try to raise money.

“They’ll also look at the city to do something for them.”

They won’t have much choice but to come with cap in hand.

Kerry Hutton, who called bingo at the Crest hall, said there’s more carnage to come. “There are a few bingo halls just hanging from a string and once we get cold weather we’ll lose two or three more,” said Hutton.

Bingo volunteer Barry Croucher points out the deep drop in business cannot be attributed to anything but the smoking ban since there was no significant new competition introduced in that time frame such as new casinos and the like.

His own youth athletic club, the Wind Warriors Boxing Club, has seen its payout from an average bingo go from $700 to $750 range to $130 or so.

Croucher was one of the many people who fought against a sweeping smoking ban.
Just before it was implemented, he made a prediction as to how badly bingo business would be hit.

“I said business would be down about 50%.”

As it turned out, he was dead right.

Too bad politicians don’t listen.

Soruce: Edmonton Sun. Link

Smoking ban has ‘killed business’

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Publicans are already noticing a dip in trade and a dislike for standing in the rain to smoke.

Mustie Hassan, 32, the owner of R Bar, Windmill Street, Gravesend, said: “It has completely killed business.”

“We work on percentages of the sales. It’s gone so quiet we are just getting nothing.”

Source: News Shopper. Link

Owners: Smoking Ban Bad For Business

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Some Arlington business owners said the city’s smoking ban robbed them of their businesses.

Brett Russell owns Saltimbocca’s restaurant and said the smoking ban was a major factor in his decision to close the establishment. Pete Moore co-owns Bobby V’s in Arlington and said he’s not certain if his business will survive either.

“The majority of that is in the bar and we saw that business tail off by about 40 percent,” Russell said.

Restaurant regulars like Terry Dick said they started going to Mansfield bars and restaurants where you can still smoke.

“Everybody’s pretty much gone somewhere where we can [smoke],” Dick said.

Arlington Environmental Services Director Robert Byrd said he doesn’t believe Saltimbocca’s and Bobby V’s are reflective of the overall business climate now that the smoking ban is in effect.

“Essentially we haven’t gotten any feedback in that direction,” he said.

(Of course Byrd doesn’t believe it. Nicotine nannies are experts at denying facts and never take responsibility for the devastation they’ve caused.)

Source: nbc5i.com. Link

Local Bars Openly Defy Smoking Ban

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Many of the bars participating have experienced large revenue drops since the ban was enacted, and now they say it is worth the fines to bring their customers back.

Source: Fox 21. Link Expired.

Hawaii Tourism Slumps on Heels of Smoking Ban

Friday, September 1st, 2006

According to Travel Hawaii LLC, Hawaii’s tourism industry is in a slump, with overall January arrivals down nearly 6 percent from January 2006 and the lucrative Japanese market down over 12 percent. The decline comes on the heels of Hawaii’s strict new smoking ban, which went into effect in November, and some in the tourism industry wonder whether the smoking ban is chasing away a good portion of Hawaii’s traditional clientele.

Japan is considered a “smoker’s paradise” relative to the U.S., and some observers feel that the cigarette-puffing Japanese tourists are being deterred from visiting Hawaii, in favor of more smoker-friendly destinations. “We’ve had several Japanese clients with pre-paid bookings cancel their reservations because they couldn’t get a smoking room,” said Chris Freas, Sales Manager at Travel Hawaii, a Hawaii-based Internet retailer

Source: eNwesChannels. Link Expired

Smoking Ban Fallout

Friday, September 1st, 2006

When countywide bans enacted two to three years before the study allowed smoking only in the bar area of restaurants, annual sales declined by 49 percent to 55 percent, the study found.

But when local ordinances enacted two to three years before the study reserved most seating for nonsmokers while allowing some smoking, annual sales increased by 36 percent and gross profit increased by 37 percent, the study found.

Source: South Bend Tribune. Link Expired

Smoking Ban Hurting Small Taverns?

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Lawyers for Colorado bar owners say the eight-week-old statewide smoking ban has devastated some smaller taverns, slashing their incomes by up to 80 percent.

In a court filing Friday, the lawyers also said the ban has triggered layoffs and caused fights among patrons who go outside to smoke.

The state also argues the Legislature had valid reasons for exempting casinos, including the 100 million dollars they generate for the state every year.

Source: kktv.com. Link

Bingo and pub firms hit by Scots ban on smoking

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

TWO leisure groups revealed yesterday that trading had been hit in Scotland since the implementation of the smoking ban last spring – with one confirming resulting job cuts.
Rank said it was cutting 200 jobs at its Mecca Bingo clubs across the UK and closing its London head office with the loss of 40 jobs as it reported a 3 per cent fall in underlying first-half profit.

Source: The Scotsman. Link expired.

Bingo profits plummet following city smoking ban

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Edmonton-area charities are feeling the squeeze after their bingo profits plummet by $6.8 million in the year following the city smoking ban.

Edmonton-area charities are feeling the squeeze after their bingo profits plummet by $6.8 million in the year following the city smoking ban.

“To have the bingos kind of crash and burn has been a real deterrent to our programs because it’s pretty hard to replace that funding,” said Lorraine Jex, president of the city’s northeast zone sports council.

During the first full year of the puffing ban – which kicked in July 1, 2005 – the nearly 600 charities that run bingos in the Edmonton area made $6.1 million, down from $12.9 million a year earlier, according to provincial figures obtained by the Sun. That represents a whopping 53% drop.

During the past year, bingo profits in the rest of Alberta – where smoking is generally still permitted – dropped only 1%.

Jex said her organization went from making $2,500 a night to pocketing as little as $200. The money is used to maintain sports facilities like baseball diamonds and to pay registration fees for kids whose families can’t afford to. The sports council runs bingos on behalf of minor hockey, baseball and softball teams in northeast Edmonton.
Jex said so far no kids have been turned away, but her group has been forced to go to local businesses with hat in hand.

“All of that money we don’t have just means it’s that much more difficult to fund some of these kids,” Jex said.

Terry Aikens, manager of the Kensington Bingo Centre, said that, prior to the smoking ban, a charitable group could make $4,000 an evening. “Now if they can make $1,000 they’re doing good,” she said, adding attendance has also dropped by about 50% at her hall — from 400 to 200 people a night.

She said it’s getting more difficult to convince the 73 charitable organizations that use the bingo hall to continue to do so.

“They’re not making enough money to make it worth their while.”

Overall, attendance at evening bingo dropped an average of 29% in Edmonton over the past year, according to Alberta Satellite Bingo, which broadcasts games live into halls across the province.

Coun. Mike Nickel said the numbers prove the smoking ban is having economic consequences.

“Some people were saying this wasn’t going to affect anyone’s business,” he said. “Well, that’s not the case.

“People who are paying for this in the end, taking the health issue aside, have been the charities.”

But Shane Bergdahl, president of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, said bingos had been losing their popularity, even before the indoor puffing ban.
“Revenue had been dropping off for years,” he said.

Coun. Michael Phair said this indicates it’s time for the province to consider new ways to fund charitable groups.

(Ah, the compassion of the nicotine nannies. Isn’t it inspiring?

Source: Edmonton Sun. Link

Bid could be launched to overturn smoke ban

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Some licensees say fears about the smoking ban have materialized.
Guernsey Weekly Press – Vale,Guernsey,UK

They say that trade has been decimated during its first month.

Many smokers furious at the ban have already boycotted pubs and vowed not to return. Mariners’ Inn licensee Tina Power said that, contrary to what Health minister Peter Roffey and other deputies predicted, non-smokers have not frequented more.

‘Our July takings are the equivalent of a wet, cold and miserable January month. Is this what we should be experiencing in July?’ she said.

I think perhaps a review of this should be taken into account because is that not why 200 pubs have closed down in Ireland?

I think it has affected everybody and I have seen less people since the smoking ban came in. The pubs are empty and, when the bad weather comes, you won’t see them either because they will sit at home and smoke.’

One doorman said he had been working the pubs for 28 years and he had never seen trade so bad.

Source: Guernsey Weekly Press. Link Expired.

Smoking Ban Reduces Gamblers In New Zealand

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Wellington, New Zealand (AHN) – A smoking ban in gambling clubs in New Zealand has reduced the number of gamblers as the country’s poker machine revenue fell 28%.

Brian Smith, president of Clubs New Zealand, said that this ban would reduce about $60 million a year from pub charities to various sports and other community groups.

Council sees ban killing off smoking

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

(In a rare display of honesty Nicotine Nannies admit their real motiviation for smoking bans: They intend to force everyone to quit smoking.)

The Australian Council on Smoking and Health says new smoking bans for Western Australian pubs and clubs could be the first step towards the extinction of smoking altogether.

“Once smoking gets down to below 10 per cent then I think it is going to die out very quickly indeed.”

Source: ABC News Online. Link

Smoking ban blamed as VLT profits dive

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Revenue from video lottery terminals in New Brunswick declined last year, in part because of the province’s ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation says.

The lottery corportation’s 2005-06 annual report shows that money generated by VLTs {video lottery terminals} fell by almost $8 million, or six per cent, from the previous year.

ALC spokesman Robert Bourgeois said a province-wide smoking ban imposed in October 2004 was one of the major reasons for the decline.

“There were other factors as well, such an increase in competition from unregulated internet sites,” Bourgeois said Friday. “But definitely, the smoking ban would have been one of the factors.”

Source: CBC News. Link


Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

A FIGHTBACK against the smoking ban is being launched amid claims it is killing pubs in the Glenrothes area.

“We estimate that we are losing £2,000 a week because of the ban and it can’t go on like this because it is killing the pubs in the area.

Source: Fife Today. Link

Smoking ban causing nearly 300 to be laid off at Casino Windsor

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Source: whns.com. Lansing,MI. Link Expired

N.Y., N.J. Businesses Say Smoking Ban Hurts

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

In the working-class borough of Staten Island, an assistant manager of a bar chuckled at what hardly seemed like a joking matter. A smoking ban was instituted in the state three years ago, and the effect at Mug Shots was clear.

“[Business has] probably been cut down by half because of it,” Steve Conroy said with a chuckle.

Business owners, industry experts and economists seem to almost universally agree that the bans in New York and in New Jersey have had significantly detrimental effects on sales, although estimates vary as to the precise impact on business. Experts say traditional bars and taverns – particularly ones in working-class neighborhoods with high smoking rates – have been affected the most, while nightclubs and restaurants have seen smaller drops in business. Some restaurants have reported an increase in business.

“There’s no question … that the smoking bans have hurt the taverns and the bars,” said Scott Wexler, the executive director of the Empire State Restaurant and Tavern Association.

He said a loss of about 20 percent of sales has been typical.

“People have seen gains from the floor, closing the gap in the losses. But most of my members are still doing less business today than they were before the ban … About 25 percent of our member establishments closed over the last three years.”

Source: The Evening Bulletin. Link Expired.

Suspend smoking ban: bar owners

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

“Owners are losing their businesses and people are losing jobs,” said Montreal bar owner Peter Sergakis, head of the Union des tenanciers de bars du Quebec.

In response to a poll conducted this summer, dozens of bar owners told his association they were going broke, Sergakis said.

The 1,500 bar owners who responded to the survey reported a 30-per-cent drop in revenues from alcohol sales, video-poker terminals, pool tables and food since the no-smoking rules went into effect May 31, Sergakis said.

At least 478 full- and part-time jobs have been cut, he added.

Bars outside major cities are hardest hit because their clientele is older and more likely to smoke, Sergakis said.

“Just wait for winter – the effect will be double,” he said. “People won’t want to go outside to smoke in minus 30C.”

Source: Montreal Gazette. Link

Face the hard truth about smoking ban

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

I for one am glad Independence passed a no-smoking ordinance. Now I don’t have to wait for a seat at my favorite eating place. I do miss my favorite waitress, who got laid off because of slow business, but what the heck, she probably didn’t need the extra money to feed her kids or help with the rent. It also saves the city time by not counting so much sales tax money.

Source: Letter to the editor, The Examiner. Link Expired.

Bonanza for nicotine gum and patches as millions try to quit

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

The surge in would-be quitters has brought windfalls for pharmacists and other retailers who have enjoyed massive surges in sales of nicotine replacement therapy products, including patches, chewing gums and inhalators, since July last year.

Market analysts Mintel say that £100m has already been spent on smoking cessation products this year, and the market will be worth £140m by 2011.

Asda has reported a 415 per cent rise in purchases of nicotine patches compared with July last year, and made five weeks’ worth of sales in 24 hours last Sunday when the ban came in. Also compared against sales figures for July last year, Sainsbury’s reported a 234 per cent increase and Tesco said sales had trebled.

Phil Wells, head of smoking cessation at Superdrug, where sales are up 400 per cent from July 2006, estimated that 2 million smokers were trying to give up a year ago, but said that figure had risen to 7.5 million.

He said 10,000 smokers a week were joining the store’s rewards programme, in which customers earn gift vouchers for repeated purchases of certain products.

Lloyds Pharmacy has doubled sales of stop-smoking products as well as bookings for its cessation clinics, which are run in conjunction with the NHS.

At Boots, sales have risen 195 per cent since July 2006. “We have experienced a significant growth in customers taking up the free smoking consultations with our trained pharmacists and health advisers since the ban came into force,” a spokesman said.

Other smokers have not reacted so positively to the ban – British Transport Police ticked off the former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy after he was spotted having a cigarette on the London-to- Plymouth express on Friday. He told officers he thought he was smoking legally as he was leaning out of the window.

A secret smoking den in the Palace of Westminster was rumbled on Thursday. Informing the Leader of the Commons, Harriet Harman, that the ban was already being abused, Betty Williams, Labour MP for Conwy, did not reveal who had been sneaking a crafty cigarette, or where. But as she finished, several MPs blurted out “in the Division toilets”.

And a man in North Yorkshire became the first to be locked up for flouting the ban when he lit up for a protest chain-smoke at his local pub, only to spend Monday night in the local police cells.

Police called to Riskers pub in Scarborough initially ordered 42-year-old decorator Martin Whisker to go home, but eventually arrested him. He was given an £80 fixed penalty for being drunk and disorderly. “I made my protest to make a point,” he said.

Pub owner Barry Risker said: “I can understand how he feels – I think it is a crazy ban. A police officer ended up taking a cigarette out of his mouth and stamping it on the floor. We had to tell him to stop smoking because otherwise I could be fined up to £2,500.”

Higher numbers of pub-goers standing outside on the pavement to smoke did not appear to have increased drunk and disorderly behaviour, although many police forces have warned smokers to be mindful of laws regarding drinking in public places and to keep the noise down.

Superintendent John Boshier, of Surrey Police, said: “We are not expecting the smoking ban to spark an increase in town centre violence. But for pub-goers who are now going outside to smoke, I’d ask them to bear in mind the local community, especially by keeping quieter at night, and to remember that glasses and bottles should not be taken on to the streets.”

A Cumbria police spokesman said: “We do not want to see increased disorder and noise nuisance from licensed premises. The basic rule for licensed premises is that there should be no smoking inside and no drinking outside, except in privately owned areas or beer gardens within areas covered by the premises’ licence.”

(Most lobbying for smoking bans is funded, quietly and behind the seines, by Big Pharma and their front groups, like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This story explains why. Bans result in huge sales increases for their very profitable, and mostly infective, smoking cessation products.)

Source: The Independent. Link

Rank Says Gaming Profit Was Hurt by Smoking Ban, Rising Costs

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

July 4 (Bloomberg) — Rank Group Plc, the U.K. owner of Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo clubs, said profit at its gaming units is “under pressure” because of increasing costs rise and a smoking ban in Scotland. The company said it will consider a sale of its Hard Rock brand.

Rising costs and a 14 percent drop in sales in Scotland following the introduction of a smoking ban is having a negative impact on earnings at Rank’s gaming divisions, the London-based company said today in a Regulatory News Service statement.

Rank plans to carry out a strategic review of Hard Rock to assess whether it should retain the division, according to the statement. Merrill Lynch is advising the company on this review, which will be completed within a “few months,” Rank said.

Rank’s shares fell 1.25 pence, or 0.6 percent, to 198.25 pence in London yesterday. The company’s shares have dropped 35 percent in 2006, the biggest drop in the 30-member FTSE 350 Travel & Leisure Index, which has gained 2.6 percent.

Source: Bloomberg.com Link

Number’s up at smoke ban bingo halls

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

ALMOST half of Scotland’s bingo halls face closure as the smoking ban takes its toll on revenues.

Five clubs have closed already, including one in the Capital operated by Carlton Bingo, while a further three are expected to shut in the next few weeks.
The Bingo Association today warned that between 30 and 40 bingo halls are at risk of closure in the longer term. The warning comes just three months after the ban came into force.

Source: The Scotsman. Link Expired.


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