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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 2006

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.

Smoking Ban to Cut Gambling Revenue: Report

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Ontario’s province wide smoking ban could cost the government’s coffers up to 250 million dollars in gambling revenue a year.

A report for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation warns the early impact of smoking bans could knock gaming revenue down by 20 per cent.

A government memo adds the agency has already lost 131 million dollars because of municipal smoking bans.

Source: cfra.com. Link Expired

Mayo pubs faced with meltdown

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

COUNTY Mayo has the third highest number of pub closures in the country over the past two years. With 48 pubs having closed throughout 2004 and 2005, Mayo is behind only Galway with 57 closures and Cork with 74.

The fact that people are now drinking more at home because of the smoking ban and cheaper alcohol prices in off-licences are being blamed on the high number of closures. In Castlebar alone, seven pubs have closed in the recent past and only one has been re-opened.

The other three counties in Connacht are at the lower end of the scale with 16 closures in Sligo, 11 in Roscommon and just nine in Leitrim. When the figures from the Connacht counties are compiled, it emerges that more than 10 per cent of all pubs in the five counties have closed their doors in the last two years.

“The smoking ban hit us hard here in the county. More and more people are drinking at home. If you are over 18, you still have to have a black ID card, even if you are working on the premises. This is discrimination really. People are now afraid to have a pint and drive.”

Source: Western People. Link

Nipped in the butt

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

EVERETT, Wash.—Less than a dozen cars speckled the parking lot outside the White Elephant Bar and Grill on a recent Saturday night in this growing Seattle suburb. Inside, most booths and tables sat empty while two electronic dart boards hung unused on the side wall. A handful of customers encircled the restaurant’s lone pool table, sipping beers and conversing easily at normal volume levels. Owners John and Donna Kerns leaned on the end of a deserted bar and watched helplessly as their once buzzing establishment choked to a slow death on its clean, smoke-free air.

Six months ago, that hub teemed with activity, drawing several thousand people on any given weekend. Now, business is down more than 50 percent. The Kernses, both in their 60s, have laid off employees and significantly trimmed their hours of operation.

Source: World Magazine. Link

Smoking ban forcing pub to close

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

A bar which has been thriving for more than 60 years is to close because it will not survive when the smoking ban comes into force, it has emerged.

Sandy Robertson, who has run the bar for the last seven years, says 95% of his customers smoke and it would not be financially viable for him to keep the pub open.

Source: The Scottsman. Link Expired.

Smoking ban help wanted

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

The Canadian Auto Workers union is asking the Ontario government to supplement the incomes of hospitality workers who are laid off because of the province’s smoking ban and to provide retraining for them.

The casino’s senior managers have told the union they are predicting at least a 30 per cent drop in business followed by layoffs, Lewenza told Pupatello in a letter.

Source: The Windsor Star. Link

Smoking ban killing off the iconic Kiwi pub

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Smoking ban killing off the iconic Kiwi pub

The results of a WIN Party survey of more than six hundred bars nationwide conflict somewhat with health authority and anti smoking group claims the smoking ban in bars has had little negative effect upon trade and profitability.

Seventy of the six hundred and twenty bars surveyed reported profit decreases of 30% or greater in the first year of the ban when compared to the year previous, as these hotels are at risk of closure if trade does not lift in this coming year.

Source: Scoop Politics. Link

Bingo halls decry city smoking ban

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Edmonton bingo halls and some bars say business has dropped by up to 50 per cent in the six months since the city imposed a no-smoking bylaw in all public places.

Since July 1, when the ban came into place, 19 bingo halls in the city have shut down. While some of the closures are attributed to waning interest in the game, operators say most were adversely affected by the smoking bylaw.

“Last month’s pool, with the cold weather, we lost $90,000 for that month,” Susan Moore, who runs Parkway Bingo, said.

Bingo operators say the payout to local charities and clubs has dropped by at least 50 per cent over the past six months, while crowds are down about 25 per cent.

Some bars are also facing a drop in revenue since July, they say.

“They’ve been brutal,” Wally Zack, owner of the Borderline Pub, said of the past six months. “Business dropped immediately by 30 to 40 per cent, and as much as 50 per cent when it got colder.”

Zack has placed an old school bus outside his bar to give smoking patrons a warm place to light up.

Source: CBCNews.ca. Link


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