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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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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

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