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Study: Kansas' smoking ban hasn't affected business in restaurants, bars

They don't make it illegal and not one of them even advocates for a legal age for possession and use because nobody actually wants people to stop smoking and new generations to not start. Not the governments that collect handsome taxes to fill the general coffers, nor Big Pharma that repeatedly sells their snake oil to those people who try to quit but keep relapsing, and certainly not anti-smoker advocates and researchers that would lose their ''do-gooder'' grants and research money.

January 26, 2013 at 5:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study: Kansas' smoking ban hasn't affected business in restaurants, bars

You'd think that if no-smoking bars were a viable business model at least some bars would have gone smoke-free before the totalitarian smoking ban, no? If they didn't it's because people intolerant to smoke to the point of refusing to visit smoke-friendly venues are the minority that doesn't generate too much revenue. If it were otherwise, the free market would have adjusted on its own with many more non-smoking venues.

So what's next, government dictated menus in braille to serve the minority of blind people who want to go to restos, or government mandated perfume free places to accommodate the minority who are intolerant to scents? When can we expect a government mandated peanut-free or lactose-free hospitality industry to accommodate those employees and customers mortally allergic to them and bars with no music or sound whatsoever to accommodate those suffering from tinnitus?

We know an alleged free society is seriously ill when the minority is given preference over the majority at the detriment of free choice and business rights....fueled by billions of corporate money from Big Pharma that has every interest to force people to keep trying their virtually useless cessations products over and over and over. Nice repeat business when you can foster the right climate to propel its sales. And their marketing even suggests that one sticks a patch up one's arm or chew one of their indecently expensive gums when at places where you can't smoke. Unless of course you prefer gobbing down their killer drug Chantix which can do you in a lot faster than tobacco!

January 26, 2013 at 3 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study: Kansas' smoking ban hasn't affected business in restaurants, bars

Oh please. Health departments should stick to lies and propaganda that cannot be easily debunked by qualified economists. If smoking bans didn't hurt businesses why would business owners fight them? Surely they have better things to do than fight issues that don't make a difference to their bottom line.

January 26, 2013 at 3:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )