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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 September, 2007

Smoking ban hurting those who comply

 
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

HAMILTON — Sizemore, owner of Rick’s Tavern & Grille in Fairfield, said Thursday he’s complying with the smoking law. He even built a $20,000 smoking area outside.

But business in May was down $32,000 from the year before, he said.

Health department officials offered empathy, but said they could do little to help.

Link

Smoking ban hurting those who comply

 
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

HAMILTON — Rick Sizemore told the Butler County Board of Health that lax local enforcement of Ohio’s smoking ban is giving his law-breaking competition an unfair advantage.

But business in May was down $32,000 from the year before, he said.

“People that I’m competing with are continuing to (allow smoking) on a daily basis,” he said, refusing to name names. “There’s no other factor involved in this.”

(But how is that possible, if, as the nannies claim, smoking bans are good for businesses. Could it be that they’re…lying? Naw, not them.)

Source: Journal News. Link.

How the smoking ban has affected bingo halls

 
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

James Doolin says he’s abiding by the smoking ban and he’s lost 30% of his bingo customers as a result. What’s eating at him more than the ban is the fact other bingo parlors appear to be a little lax in their enforcement. According to the public records we requested, he may have a point.

“It’s okay for them to say that now. And it’s okay for this judge to sit on the bench and wait until Christmas, but what about our charities? What about these charities that can’t make it?” asks Doolin.

Source: Wave3.com. Link

Cigarette litter surge follows smoking ban

 
Thursday, September 13th, 2007

ALMOST 70 per cent of North West councils have suffered a surge in cigarette litter on their streets since the smoking ban was introduced.

That’s according to Keep Britain Tidy, which today revealed the amount of cigarette ends blighting our streets shot up by 43 per cent since the start of the ban.

Link

Group Says Colorado Smoking Ban Having Negative Economic Consequences

 
Monday, September 10th, 2007

As of the first quarter 2007 the Colorado smoking ban has imposed at least $16.8 million in economic damages on bars and taverns in the state, 6.4 percent of previous revenues, and many of our members are experiencing profit declines in the range of fifteen to forty percent,” said Allen Campbell, Senior Vice President of the Coalition.

Source: Associated Content. Link

Group Says Colorado Smoking Ban Having Negative Economic Consequences

 
Monday, September 10th, 2007

The Colorado Coalition for Equal Rights on Monday denounced the state’s ban on smoking in public places, saying that data from the state’s hurting tavern and bar industry gives the lie to the efficacy of the measure.

As of the first quarter 2007 the Colorado smoking ban has imposed at least $16.8 million in economic damages on bars and taverns in the state, 6.4 percent of previous revenues, and many of our members are experiencing profit declines in the range of fifteen to forty percent,” said Allen Campbell, Senior Vice President of the Coalition.

The Colorado law met with very mixed reviews, including a lot of hostile ones, when it was first enacted, especially in light of the fact that if you work from home, your home office is considered a “public building” and if you’re a smoker you are thus restricted in what you can do in a certain part of your own home.

Source: Associated Content. Link

Smoking ban hits Bingo night tills

 
Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Smokers are staying away from bingo halls in their droves.

BINGO halls across South Wales are feeling the drag of a major profit slump six months into the smoking ban.

And managers are bracing themselves for more dwindling revenue when the colder weather soon kicks in.

The serious profit slide has been caused by smokers avoiding the big cash-generating games to catch up on a quick puff outside the buildings.

The numerous bingo halls the Echo contacted all reported a drop of between 15 to 20 per cent in revenue and workingmen’s clubs and associations where a pint and a fag go hand in hand have also said the same.

The study revealed 62 per cent of bingo players are smokers and that 33 per cent of them will play less often while 21 per cent will stop playing in clubs altogether.

Link

Smoking ban crisis claim

 
Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

The pub trade in Telford has been virtually destroyed since the introduction of the nationwide smoking ban in July, licensees claim.

The crisis in Telford is reflected nationally, with the pub trade claimed to be in meltdown as one in five tenants declare their intention to quit.

“I went to five pubs in Dawley and they would normally have been packed with people enjoying a drink and a smoke,” he said. “Three pubs had just two people in the bar, one had four in and the other had six in.”

Link

Smoking Ban At Hospitals Kicks Smokers To The Curbs

 
Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

At Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, a patient wheeled his IV out to the sidewalk by the parking lot to smoke. Another smoker crossed a busy interstate off-ramp to smoke on the overpass.

Source: Today’s THV. Link

How the smoking ban could be contributing to skin cancer

 
Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Since the smoking ban came into force on July the 1st, smokers are spending over 20 extra hours outside each month so putting themselves at greater risk of skin damage.

Research from Boots shows that an alarming 60% of British sunburn cases occur on home turf, a figure set to rise with the smoking ban taking more people outdoors.

To help prevent the Smoker’s Burn phenomena, the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer has teamed up with the Laurel Pub Company to offer £300,000 worth of free sun cream to punters across the UK.

Since the smoking ban came into force on July the 1st, smokers are spending over 20 extra hours outside each month so putting themselves at greater risk of skin damage.

Research from Boots shows that an alarming 60% of British sunburn cases occur on home turf, a figure set to rise with the smoking ban taking more people outdoors.

(I consider this a very silly story, and published it here just for fun. It does, however, show how nannies of all flavors freak out at the tiniest increase in any risk.)

Source: GMTV. Link

St. Margaret neighbors upset over smoking ban

 
Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Peggy Silvasy, a Delafield Road resident, on Monday signed a petition to lobby for a smoking shelter on the St. Margaret campus.

“They’re in front of the house all hours of the night,” said Silvasy. “Let them go back to the hospital and smoke.”

All 18 UPMC facilities on July 1 went smoke-free, clearing the campus of smoke, ashtrays and cigarette butts scattered about. That sent nicotine addicts into the neighboring community, walking the streets to have a puff.

At the same time, it enraged residents who now say they are being suffocated by strangers and their second-hand smoke.

(I understand them being angry about cigarette butt litter, but “suffocated” by someone smoking on the street? Hyperbole, anyone?)

Link

Toilet crisis feared as smoking ban is applied to German trains

 
Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Berlin – A smoking ban that began Saturday on trains operated by Germany’s main railway company, Deutsche Bahn, may trigger a crisis, with toilets constantly occupied by surreptitious smokers, a passenger lobby warned Saturday.

“Heavy smokers will head for the toilets,” he said in an interview. “That is what happened when the smoking cars were abolished (on July 1) on regional trains. You have to accept that. It’s a fact whether you like it or not.”

Naumann predicted that about half the people who have used railway smoking cars to date would stop traveling by rail and go by road.

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