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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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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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