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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 July, 2006

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


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