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Smoking Bans Clear Out Bingo Halls

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Charity bingo games are being hurt by bans on indoor smoking, with attendance dropping as patrons turn to casinos where they can still light up while playing, the New York Times reported April 24.

Charity gambling revenues fell 13 percent after Minnesota adopted a statewide indoor-smoking ban, with the smoking prohibition blamed for half of the decline. Bingo players who once flocked to the American Legion post in Fergus Falls, Minn., now go to casinos or cross the border to North Dakota, where veterans’ groups are exempt from the state’s smoking ban. “It’s had a profound effect on us here,” said Charlie Lindstrom of the American Legion post. “We’ve sponsored several baseball teams here in the past, but we can’t give as much now because the smoking ban has really reduced our revenue.”

Charity officials in California, New Jersey, New York, and Washington also report that smoking bans have hurt attendance and revenues on bingo nights. Some say that smokers typically outnumber nonsmokers three to one at bingo games, and despair of finding nonsmoking players to replace the departed smokers.

Source: Join Together. Link

After the Smoke Cleared, Where Did All the Bingo Players Go?

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

In Minnesota, which adopted a statewide ban on smoking in all indoor workplaces in October, revenue from all charity gambling dropped nearly 13 percent in the last quarter of 2007, compared to the same quarter the year before, according to state officials. More than half of the drop — the equivalent of about $100 million annually — was attributed to the new law, they said.

On a good night, Mr. Lindstrom said, bingo at the post used to attract 50 to 75 players. Nowadays it is more like 30 or 40.

“It’s had a profound effect on us here,” Mr. Lindstrom said. “We’ve sponsored several baseball teams here in the past, but we can’t give as much now because the smoking ban has really reduced our revenue.”

Still, revenues are down. In 2006, the bingo operation at the children’s center, which then belonged to Big Brothers Big Sisters, generated about $325,000 a year, after expenses, and employed 17 people. A year later, under the auspices of the center, it produced $150,000 and employed 13 people.

Washington used to be home to 100 bingo halls that raised money for charity. Now there are fewer than 20.

Source: The New York Times. Link

Minnesota smoking ban singes charitable gambling

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Affirming what American Legion hall operators and mom-and-pop bar owners had warned, a new report shows that Minnesota’s statewide ban on smoking appears to have cut into charitable gambling revenues from bar-game pull tabs and bingo.

Gross receipts from charitable gambling were down 12.8 percent in the last three months of 2007, which correlates with when the statewide smoking ban took effect. Even taking into account a weakening economy, the ban is likely to be responsible for a decline in gross receipts of 7.5 percent to 8 percent, or a loss equal to $95 million to $105 million a year, the report noted.

The nearly 13 percent drop represents the largest decline in receipts since lawful gambling was first regulated in the state in 1985, said the report released Monday by the State Gambling Control Board, which
regulates the industry.

Charitable gambling plays a unique part in the fabric of Minnesota life. The state’s charitable gambling industry is by far the nation’s largest, with $1.2 billion in gross receipts a year. It funds such nonprofit organizations as youth sports, veterans groups and volunteer firefighting organizations. There are more than 1,400 licensed charity organizations and 3,000 locations where charitable gambling takes place.

Charitable gambling officials predict revenue declines of 16 percent to 18 percent through this year. Anticipating the effect, the industry has been pushing for several pieces of legislation that would give them more flexibility in their operations.

Wilson said that many organizations terminated their licenses because of funding problems last year and that the number is likely to increase this year.

Source: Scripps News. Link

Gambling revenues decline after smoking ban

Monday, March 31st, 2008

St. Paul, Minn. — The state Gambling Control Board said pull-tab sales in bars were down nearly 13 percent during the fourth quarter of 2007. That’s a $40 million decrease in receipts from the same period the
previous year.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio. Link

Williston bingo parlor closing

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

WILLISTON (AP) – The Bingo Barn is closing after 20 years, and officials say the state’s law that bans most indoor smoking is the reason.

The bingo parlor, which will shut down after its final session on Saturday, supported three charities: the Williston State College Foundation, Williston Basin Skating Club and North Dakota Association for the Disabled.

Officials said bingo parlor revenue dropped after the smoking ban went into effect in August 2005, but the parlor still had to pay more than $100,000 in state taxes for the fiscal year that ended June 30 of this year.

The charities said they will join others in seeking legislation next year to change tax laws for bingo parlors.

Source: Bismark Tribune. Link

Local bingos are getting smoked out

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

I hate to say, “I told you so.” Ah, who am I kidding? To be honest, I love to say, “I told you so,” especially when it comes to how the city’s smoking bylaw has negatively impacted local charity bingo halls.

Back then I quoted the concerns of Teresa Young, volunteer president of the Fort Road Bingo Association. “In places like Ontario and British Columbia where smoking was banned, bingos lost from 40% to 70% of their business and some closed down,” Young told me four years ago.

It’s said that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. But politicians turned a blind eye to the shocking figures about the loss of business in other jurisdictions.

I remember talking to several who pooh-poohed the notion that a mere smoking ban could hurt business all that much. Oh yeah? Well, I told you so.

Bingo halls in Edmonton are closing and business is bad since the full smoking ban was introduced in July 2005.

A study by the Satellite Bingo Association revealed that attendance at bingos was down 25% in the first 12 months of the smoking ban compared the previous year.
What’s more, profit from bingos that go to charities was down an alarming 53% in that time frame, or $6.8 million.

That has a direct impact on the hundreds of charities that benefit from bingo bucks – everything from boxing clubs to amateur hockey teams.

On Sunday, Crest Bingo Hall, at 3414 118 Ave., closed.

The executive director of Alberta Satellite Bingo said that makes four Edmonton halls that have closed since the July 2005 butt-ban bylaw kicked in. “The Londonderry Bingo Hall closed, so did the Palms and the Alberta Avenue community league’s,” said Alberta Satellite Bingo executive director Ian Taylor.

His organization used provincial government figures to compile the gloomy report into bingo profits.

Taylor said he sent the mayor and councillors a copy of the report but only the mayor replied – and with a short note at that. “He just said he didn’t think council had the will to reopen the smoking issue.”

Talk about your hit-and-run politics. Here we have a council that passed a bylaw that wound up crippling business and impacting charities, but the politicians just don’t give a damn.

“There’s going to be less money left for charities,” said Taylor. They’ll stop programs or look somewhere else to try to raise money.

“They’ll also look at the city to do something for them.”

They won’t have much choice but to come with cap in hand.

Kerry Hutton, who called bingo at the Crest hall, said there’s more carnage to come. “There are a few bingo halls just hanging from a string and once we get cold weather we’ll lose two or three more,” said Hutton.

Bingo volunteer Barry Croucher points out the deep drop in business cannot be attributed to anything but the smoking ban since there was no significant new competition introduced in that time frame such as new casinos and the like.

His own youth athletic club, the Wind Warriors Boxing Club, has seen its payout from an average bingo go from $700 to $750 range to $130 or so.

Croucher was one of the many people who fought against a sweeping smoking ban.
Just before it was implemented, he made a prediction as to how badly bingo business would be hit.

“I said business would be down about 50%.”

As it turned out, he was dead right.

Too bad politicians don’t listen.

Soruce: Edmonton Sun. Link

Bingo profits plummet following city smoking ban

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Edmonton-area charities are feeling the squeeze after their bingo profits plummet by $6.8 million in the year following the city smoking ban.

Edmonton-area charities are feeling the squeeze after their bingo profits plummet by $6.8 million in the year following the city smoking ban.

“To have the bingos kind of crash and burn has been a real deterrent to our programs because it’s pretty hard to replace that funding,” said Lorraine Jex, president of the city’s northeast zone sports council.

During the first full year of the puffing ban – which kicked in July 1, 2005 – the nearly 600 charities that run bingos in the Edmonton area made $6.1 million, down from $12.9 million a year earlier, according to provincial figures obtained by the Sun. That represents a whopping 53% drop.

During the past year, bingo profits in the rest of Alberta – where smoking is generally still permitted – dropped only 1%.

Jex said her organization went from making $2,500 a night to pocketing as little as $200. The money is used to maintain sports facilities like baseball diamonds and to pay registration fees for kids whose families can’t afford to. The sports council runs bingos on behalf of minor hockey, baseball and softball teams in northeast Edmonton.
Jex said so far no kids have been turned away, but her group has been forced to go to local businesses with hat in hand.

“All of that money we don’t have just means it’s that much more difficult to fund some of these kids,” Jex said.

Terry Aikens, manager of the Kensington Bingo Centre, said that, prior to the smoking ban, a charitable group could make $4,000 an evening. “Now if they can make $1,000 they’re doing good,” she said, adding attendance has also dropped by about 50% at her hall — from 400 to 200 people a night.

She said it’s getting more difficult to convince the 73 charitable organizations that use the bingo hall to continue to do so.

“They’re not making enough money to make it worth their while.”

Overall, attendance at evening bingo dropped an average of 29% in Edmonton over the past year, according to Alberta Satellite Bingo, which broadcasts games live into halls across the province.

Coun. Mike Nickel said the numbers prove the smoking ban is having economic consequences.

“Some people were saying this wasn’t going to affect anyone’s business,” he said. “Well, that’s not the case.

“People who are paying for this in the end, taking the health issue aside, have been the charities.”

But Shane Bergdahl, president of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, said bingos had been losing their popularity, even before the indoor puffing ban.
“Revenue had been dropping off for years,” he said.

Coun. Michael Phair said this indicates it’s time for the province to consider new ways to fund charitable groups.

(Ah, the compassion of the nicotine nannies. Isn’t it inspiring?

Source: Edmonton Sun. 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

Bar, eatery owners ask county to reconsider smoking ban

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Martin Duffy, owner of Duffy’s Bar and Grill in Osseo, said his income decreased 35 percent from March, the last month before the smoking restrictions went into effect, and May.

Jeff Ormond, who owns Gabby’s Saloon and Eatery in northeast Minneapolis, said he has seen his business slip 12 percent in April and 24 percent in May.

Ormond co-founded the Minneapolis Hospitality Association, a group of more than 60 bars and restaurants in Hennepin’s largest city…very business on the {MHA}list has reported losses of 10 to 50 percent of its regular monthly business in two months. He said that he has personally cut 10 of his 93 employees in the past two months.

In March, she said the VFW’s gross receipts exceeded $400,000. In April and May, she said receipts are closer to $250,000. Gambling receipts, she said, are down 46 percent. Money lost to the smoking ban, she said, is money lost for local charities.

Source: MN Sun. Link Expired

Charities: Smoking Ban Affects Charitable Gambling

Friday, August 26th, 2005

Bemidji, Minn. (AP) ― Bar owners have long criticized smoking bans for costing them customers. Now, some charities are arguing that fewer customers also mean less money for charitable gambling.

“I can’t dispute that smoking is a bad health problem,” said King Wilson, executive director of Allied Charities of Minnesota, “But smoking bans are hurting charitable gambling operations.”

“In looking at pull tab and other charitable gambling activities for April and May in Hennepin County, sales are down 20 percent,” Wilson said.

Source: wcco.com. Link

VFW Post Blames Low Business On Smoking Ban

Friday, August 5th, 2005

Hopkins, Minn. (WCCO) ― VFW Posts are more than just places where veterans socialize. The posts are also major charitable contributors, but some posts said they are putting the donations on hold.

The reason some posts give: the Hennepin County smoking ban.

The VFW Post 425 in Hopkins, Minn. has seen a 20 percent decline at the bar in recent months.

“I knew it was gonna be bad,” said Mark Peterson, the VFW gambling manager. “I didn’t think it was gonna be this bad.”

“And you’re telling me a 91-year-old vet of World War II shouldn’t be able to smoke a cigar at his own post?” asked VFW bartender Carolyn Dreeszen. “That’s ridiculous.”

The real bad luck is at the pulltab counter, where business is down nearly 30 percent. That money should be going to charity.

“We’ve suspended all of our donations right now, until we find out how well we’re gonna weather this,” said Peterson.

The post planned on donating another $30,000 to scholarships, school groups and baseball teams, but now, the vets have a bigger worry.

“What’s in jeopardy is closing the doors of the building,” said Peterson.

Source: wcco.com. Link

Smoking ban affects gaming revenue more than forecast

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Macquarie analyst Steve Wheen surveyed a number of large charitable trusts that operate slot machines in New Zealand and found their gaming revenues had fallen between 11 per cent and 17 per cent compared with the levels of the previous year. . .

“The smoking ban impact felt by the charitable trusts continues to support our notion that Sky City has underestimated the potential impact of the ban,” he said.

Source: Stuff.co.nz. Link expired.

Smoking ban: Lost sales are cited in 2nd legal challenge

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

William Kozlak, of Jax Cafe, 1928 University Av. NE., said total sales were down $64,942 compared with the same month a year ago. Jeffrey Ormond, of Gabby’s, 1900 NE. Marshall St., said that his gross receipts had dropped 12.4 percent.

The lost business is hurting charitable gambling as well, said Michael Kuduk of the Lions Club. He estimated revenue losses of about 25 percent.

Source: Star Tribune. Link Expired

Minnesota Diary Of A Disaster

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

(Sue Jeffers kept a diary of the devastating effect a smoking ban had on her business, Stub and Herbs. These are just a few excerpts. We recommend reading the entire articleto get a feel for just how badly smoking bans hurt hard working small business people.

She also documents how nearby towns, who didn’t have a ban, were seeing their business flourish as smokers and their friends flocked to smoke friendly venues. This always happens when bans are enacted, expose the nannies “good for business” bleat as an intentional lie.)

Half of our regular Thursday lunch customers didn’t come in for lunch.

We have made it through the first weekend of the smoking ban. Sales at my bar were down each day by about 25% from the week before. Our Sunday food and liquor sales were reduced by 50%. One VFW was down 65%.

Customer reactions have been consistent. Most customers, smokers or not, are angry. Some stayed for shorter periods of time, some refused to patronize Minneapolis, some stayed home. My smoking customers are not buying a beer when they are outside having a smoke.

Being so close to the University my bar has customers visiting from out of state. These customers visiting this weekend stayed for one beer and left, they did not order food or another round of drinks. They informed us they will not be back, ever. Even some of my “regulars” are now informing me they will be going to a nearby county to drink as they become someone else’s “regular” customer.

I spent some time in the small bars in NE Minneapolis this weekend, two bars had zero customers. One of the larger NE bars had many people outside smoking, angry customers who said they will not be back and would not stay as long as usual, keep in mind the weather was nice as they stood outside and smoked.

Bar owners around town compared notes…one bar in St. Paul was empty on Thursday night but after receiving a waiver on Friday noticed customer counts were well above average when smoking was allowed again. A bar in Anoka County (a county that just voted no ban) was crowed with transplants (customers and staff) from Ramsey County businesses who could no longer allow smoking. Versions of this were heard over and over again.

A small group of the smoke haters feel they need to visit my bar or send me an anonymous letters, telling me how stupid I am. One drove all the way from Burnsville to gloat and antagonize my customers. These gullible and uninformed people usually list inaccurate facts and are terrified SHS will kill them if they are exposed to a whiff of smoke. They do not realize SHS levels in bars with ventilation test at 150 times BELOW the OSHA safety limits. They do not understand the concept of private property rights and personal freedoms but they do exercise their freedom of speech rights. They are lucky some of my customers did not beat them up, my staff is well trained.

Bars in St. Paul with waivers recorded record sales this past weekend. One particular bar owner who did not receive a waiver in time for the first day of the ban reported sales “$ucked” on Thursday. However, Friday, with his waiver, he had record high sales.

Comments from bar owners over the weekend across the city and county reported sales down up to 65%. On Saturday evening, two NE bars had zero customers. Another NE landmark reported sales down 40%. One VFW reported sales down 65%. A pull tab organization reported sales down 33%. A St. Louis Park bartender made $50 instead of the usual $200 she makes. The Anoka County bar I stopped into was full of Ramsey County residents who decided it was worth the mile drive to be able to smoke.
Enforcement to keep drinks inside and cigarettes outside has caused problems with noise, litter, vandalism, fights and drugs.

Bar sales are still the number one concern. A NE landmark lost a banquet of 125 because the party could not smoke.

Several violent incidents have occurred.
A bar owner in St. Paul spoke out publicly today warning women not to leave drinks unattended while they go outside to have a cigarette. The drinks have been drugged. Another bar owner on West Bank reported an altercation with the smokers and local gang members that got out of hand. A downtown club had a patron violently assaulted after going outside for a smoke. Several bars reported drug and alcohol use while customers are outside.

Every day I hear from more and more business owners telling me the problems they are experiencing thanks to the smoking ban. I have heard staff is quitting because of reduced hours and lost tips, assaults and drug and alcohol use while customers are out smoking have increased, and city streets are a mess. I have heard revenue losses in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and Hennepin County down anywhere from 13% to 65%. One VFW has already informed their city they will no longer be donating charitable gambling revenues to the city coffers.

All the while, surrounding cities and counties report record sales.

We are entering the third week of the ban. It is heartbreaking to hear the stories. Today I heard about 2 well established businesses who decided to stop serving lunches, more lost revenues and lost jobs. I heard about a NE Minneapolis nightclub who lost $20,000 in sales last weekend and tomorrow will lay off 20 employees.

After just one month of a smoking ban the bars and restaurants in Minneapolis have proved the bar owners right and the smoke haters lie. Business has not increased, our staff and customers are not healthier and some businesses will not remain in business much longer. The nonsmokers are not coming out and spending more money, in fact they are leaving with their smoking friends to surrounding cities and counties with no bans.
Businesses in those cities and counties continue to thank our foolish city council.
Revenue declines range from 10-65%. Businesses have cut staff and hours, some businesses have laid off up to 25 employees. Businesses that serve the hospitality industry have lost revenues as well. This includes the beer and liquor companies, the pop companies, food distributors, vending, charitable gaming organizations, and others all report declining revenues in Minneapolis. We estimate the first month has cost our city 614 jobs and over a million dollars in lost revenues. And that estimate is low.

After 6 weeks we have had 3 bars close their doors, more are barely hanging on. Every single statement the smoke haters said has been proven a lie. Bar owners have been proven right but no one seems to care about the small business owner, lost revenues, and lost jobs.

Bar owners in surrounding counties without a ban continue to do a thriving business as do those exempted in the next county.

In Minneapolis, 29 businesses have closed, most attribute it mostly to the smoking ban. One owner has laid off his entire kitchen staff and he cooks from open to close. Another owner is bartending open to close just to keep the doors open. A night club has reduced hours to 4 nights per week and is offering free drinks, sometimes until midnight just to lure customers.

Especially powerful was a list the VFW read of all the organizations they donate their charitable gambling revenues to. These organizations have now received letters explaining that the ban has cost significant revenue losses and they will not be receiving contributions similar to last year, if at all. All thanks to the smoking ban.

Again, the list of heartbreaking stories were told by some of the biggest bars in the county. Some own bars in both Hennepin and Ramsey County (St. Paul and surrounding cities with a partial ban). Also included were damages to Kuether Distributing, our Budweiser distributor with accounts mostly in Hennepin County. They have eliminated one entire route and are down 16%. Carbonic Machines, who for 50 years has serviced our bars and restaurants, is down 27%. Vending, food and other hospitality industry related businesses reported losses from 15-50%. Bands do not want to play our venues, they can’t smoke and the customers are all gone anyway.

We also heard the stories about vandalism, noise, litter, and drug and alcohol use as smokers went outside to our sidewalks or parking lots. Bar owners are worried that it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or killed. One bar owner, down 65% compared to last year, had left a customer running her bar so she could come down and speak to the commissioners.

We met at a south Minneapolis bar/restaurant whose business is down over 30%. Eight years and he could not pay his property taxes in May and can not get any additional financing. He said he won’t last much longer. The three new customers he gained with the smoking ban have not begun to replace the lost ones.

Bloomington has been receptive to the concerns of the bars and private clubs. They DID notice 2 businesses closed in the Mall of America. They noticed the Minnesota Department of Economic Security reported a loss of 1400 jobs in the hospitality sector for May and another 700 in June. (Wait until the minimum wage increase hits in August.) They also noticed their private clubs were down $250,000 the first three months of the ban. Money that will not be donated to worthy causes in their community. Liquor revenues continue to plummet in all size bars as the losses now total millions of dollars.

As we enter the 4th month of the smoking ban we continue to see lost revenues, jobs and more closed businesses. Minneapolis Hospitality Association can document the city of Minneapolis is losing a million dollars a month in lost revenues compared to the year before. We can document 1200 lost jobs. Charitable gambling losses are down on average over $100,000 per month per establishment. More money that will not go back into the community.

The smoke haters in Hennepin County call this “dip” in business: temporary. A dip that Hennepin County and Minneapolis assured us would never happen, as the nonsmoking customers flocked to our businesses. If you assume this trend will continue, Hennepin County will lose an estimated $1,632,000 in annual tax revenues in just charitable gambling losses. The City of Minneapolis charitable gambling is down 24.26% totaling $1,894,585.99, in just two months.

The job losses continue to mount and the liquor revenues are devastating as well. Food sales appear to be flat. Twenty businesses have closed in Hennepin County since the beginning of the ban. In researching other communities in similar size who have chosen to trample on property and individual rights, we expect another 80 to go under if the ban continues.

Friday is another fundraiser for a bar who can no longer pay their bills. Porter’s Bar, in business for 70 years is ready to close. Kathy and John are two of the finest people I have ever met, caring, hard working, honest and they have been put out of business by yet another regulation to our industry as our elected officials try to legislate “healthy” behavior while ignoring facts, science, and negative economic impacts.

The fact remains 23 businesses have closed that I know of… there could be and are more, over a thousand jobs have been lost and millions in lost revenues have been documented.

Source: The Smokers Club. Link

Smoking ban will crimp charitable gambling

Monday, December 13th, 2004

For example, a survey by the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association during the first month of the province’s ban that took effect Oct. 1, found New Brunswick’s smoking ban was having a negative impact on establishments with bars, pubs, taverns, legions and night clubs. In this survey, 71 percent of respondents reported sharp declines in liquor sales. In small businesses the effect was pronounced, with pubs, taverns and bars reporting that liquor sales fell almost 14 percent from the same time a year earlier. At legion clubs, the survey found, the decline was almost 19 percent.

Estimates range as high as 60 percent for the number of bingo players who smoke. Crary and Jim Newcomer, commander of VFW Post 1296 predict that once the smoking ban goes into effect, bingo will die as a source of charitable funds in Bloomington and player will migrate to the Indian casino at Mystic Lake. For the VFW, which rents the attached space next to its club for use as a bingo hall, that could mean as much as $182,000 in lost revenue.

What do losses like that mean to the community? Steve Enebo, a VFW trustee, and Patty Gustner, club manager for American Legion Post 550, rattled off a number of contributions to veterans organizations and to active service men and women and their families — everything from washers, dryers and television sets for the VA medical center to “care packages” for military personnel to Cub Foods certificates for military families to honor guards for funerals to a hospice suite at the VA medical center.

But then the self-righteous will be able to drink and dine without the annoyance of other people’s bad habits. What is value of an American flag on the coffin of a war veteran compared to a benefit like that?

Soruce: Pioneer Press. Link Expired.

Toledo smoking ban foes to withhold donations

Friday, September 24th, 2004

Members of Citizens for Common Sense – the group behind a proposed amendment that would weaken Toledo’s smoking ban – said yesterday they stand by their decision to stop making contributions to health organizations mounting a campaign against their amendment.

“Why do we want to contribute to a group of people that’s trying to destroy our businesses, trying to tear us apart? Why should we donate to them to increase their funds to attack us? It doesn’t make sense,” said Tom Delaney, who brought up the issue of a boycott Wednesday.

“I will back any individual that has cancer, but I will not donate to these third-party organizations that are lined up against us,” added Mr. Delaney, who said he himself has skin cancer.

“I stopped giving to United Way in 1987 when the very first smoking ban went into effect, and I’ve urged restaurants to do the same,” said Arnie Elzey, owner of Arnie’s Eating and Drinking Saloon and another member of Citizens for Common Sense. “I was right. Here they are trying to put us out of business.”

Officials from the health organizations responded with a written statement condemning the bar and restaurant owners’ position.

The call for a boycott is yet another example of these business owners showing callous disregard for the community’s health and the health of their workers,” said Anita Dunipace, executive director of the American Cancer Society’s Lucas County office.
“If these business owners think they’re going to blackmail us into sacrificing the health of the people of Toledo, they’re wrong,” said Aileen Meyer, executive director of the local American Heart Association.

(Can you believe the arrogance of these self-righteous bastards?)

“I find it terribly sad that any citizen would suggest people not donate to these groups,” said Dr. Donna Woodson, president of the Toledo-Lucas County Board of Health and a family-practice physician in Maumee, yesterday. “When we look back over decades to the contributions of these organizations, in terms of research and practice guidelines and public education, I cannot understand why people would make these decisions.(Could it be that you’re putting them out of business, you clueless twit?)

Bar owners replied that they have a long history of charitable work in the community, and that will not change.

“Locally, we have donated many, many times to individuals who have had cancer, leukemia, and other debilitating diseases,” Mr. Delaney said. “We just don’t want to throw money at those that are working to put us out of business.”

Source: Toledo Blade. Link

Smoking Ban Takes Toll on High School Band

Friday, August 20th, 2004

Jackpot Bingo leases its parlor to a dozen different non-profit groups on a regular basis. Those groups rely on bingo revenue as a main fundraiser. However, since the smoking ban went into effect last April, attendance at the bingos has dropped by more than 50 percent.  The Tates Creek High School Marching Band stands to lose about $80,000 this year in bingo money.

“We’re trying to supplement this with raffle ticket sales and candy sales, but $80,000 is a large chunk of change,” says Assistant Band Director Andy Critz.

If the band can’t raise enough money to offset the loss, they may have to cancel some band trips or competitions.

Source: wtqv.com. Link Expired.

Smoking Ban Takes Toll on High School Band

Friday, June 4th, 2004

Lexington, KY – Jackpot Bingo leases its parlor to a dozen different non-profit groups on a regular basis. Those groups rely on bingo revenue as a main fundraiser. However, since the smoking ban went into effect last April, attendance at the bingos has dropped by more than 50 percent.
The Tates Creek High School Marching Band stands to lose about $80,000 this year in bingo money.

“We’re trying to supplement this with raffle ticket sales and candy sales, but $80,000 is a large chunk of change,” says Assistant Band Director Andy Critz.

If the band can’t raise enough money to offset the loss, they may have to cancel some band trips or competitions.

Source: WTQ. Link Expired.

Bingo revenues go up in smoke

Sunday, March 2nd, 2003

“Some of the charities are hurting, significantly,” he said, adding, “we’re seeing a decrease in charity dollars in the vicinity of $35,000 to $40,000 a month.”

Source: Chatham Daily News. Link Expired.


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