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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Smoking ban consequences

A study done by the Pioneer Press has found that there has been no doomsday for bars and restaurants as a result of smoking bans passed in the Twin Cities. This seems to be in line with reality. Some time ago on MPR I heard a few bar owners who are against the ban say that "thousands" of employees had been laid off as a result of the ban, while a spokesman from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development said that only about a dozen hospitality workers had filed for unemployment benefits as a result of being laid off.

I find myself going out more than before, although it's not entirely due to the smoking ban. However, it is definitely nice to not come home reeking of smoke. Over Thanksgiving, I spent time in a place that does not have a smoking ban, and I could definitely notice the difference.


At 9:04 AM, December 08, 2005, Blogger American Lung Association of Minnesota said...

Right you are, Guru. I wish more people had heard the MPR report. Certainly the Pioneer Press study had the some in the pro-smoke crowd buzzing at last night's public hearing in Saint Paul.

"Liberal bias!" (Pioneer Press?)

I also commented on both reports in this post:

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