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Archive for June, 2006

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.

Windsor bingo halls burnt by smoking ban

 
Monday, June 26th, 2006

Windsor — Nearly a month into Ontario’s smoking ban, Windsor bingo hall operators say many Michigan customers are staying home.

Business has dropped so much at some bingo parlours that owners are considering layoffs and at least one may close its doors, according to a report Monday in The Detroit News.

Source: The Globe and Mail. Link

Patch purveyors stock up for smoking ban

 
Monday, June 26th, 2006

National drug companies often see a 30 percent to 50 percent spike in retail sales of nicotine patches and gum after a smoking ban goes into effect, said Jennifer May, a GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman in Pittsburgh.

(This is the real reason Big Pharma pushes for these bans (usually quietly, behind the scenes). It has nothing to do with improving health. It’s all about seeing very profitable, highly ineffective quit-smoking aids.)

Source: The Denver Post. Link Expired.

Ban burns bingo halls

 
Monday, June 26th, 2006

Detroit News, 6/26/06 – Nearly a month into Ontario’s smoking ban, Windsor’s bingo halls are facing their worst fears: Michigan smokers are staying home.

Business has dropped so much at some bingo parlors that owners are considering layoffs and at least one is contemplating closing its doors.

“We haven’t laid anybody off yet, but we cut our work hours in half,” said Candice Lagace, a bookkeeper at Paradise Bingo Hall. “We’re all struggling. It looks like layoffs are imminent.

This month, Paradise Bingo Hall has lost $60,000, said Lagace, daughter of Paradise’s owner, Mike Duval.

On its best day this month, the 658-seat bingo parlor — which has been in business for 21 years — was at about 16 percent capacity with 106 players. On a busy night before the ban, the hall would have standing-room only, with customers lined up against the walls.

Miklojcik, a consultant for gaming houses nationwide, said it takes only one smoker in a car of four to suggest staying in Detroit to gamble at Greektown, MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity, where smoking is permitted.

Source: Detroit News. Link Expired.

Bar owners affected by smoking ban

 
Friday, June 16th, 2006

The smoke has cleared and most Tillsonburg bar owners aren’t happy.

In one form or another, nearly all reported a loss in sales since the Smoke-Free Ontario legislation banned smoking in bars and all public places on May 31.

Dan Efstatheu, owner of Mad Trapper’s, has noticed a huge drop in business since the ban came in place. This ranges from fewer business people coming in for lunch and a cigarette to patronage during his Thursday night wing night. The most significant drop was on weekends.

Jim Tsanoff, owner of the Royal Tavern, also said business has declined quite a bit since the Smoke-Free Ontario legislation took effect on May 31.

“We have the same amount of people coming, they’re just not staying,” he said.

“They come in for one, not three or four.”

Although an initial drop in business was expected, Tsanoff isn’t sure if it will bounce back.

Source: Tillsonberg News. Link Expired.

 

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