Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Comment(s) of the Day: Smoking-ban study keeps the Great Cig Debate rolling

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 5:00 PM

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Reader The DLC took issue with our story about a study released this week contending that area smoking bans are having little impact on the business of bars and restaurants.

Those pesky civil liberties, always getting in the way.

I would argue that the rhetoric on the pro-ban side has been way "rowdier," extreme and self-righteous than on the other.


While

you state that the study was funded by the Health Care Foundation, you

fail to interrogate how that may have influenced the results, instead

accepting them whole-heartedly with statements like "whining about a

made-up problem." You also fail to provide a link or even the name of

the study.

I wish this post had been more open-ended and fair so

that we could actually think about the veracity of claims made on both

sides of the issue.

Speaking of both sides of the issue, Reader RayJames552:

There may be a few folks that are boycotting or still boycotting their

regular places that are now no smoking, but most people that get upset

about smoking restictions decide to get over it in a couple of months.

They have proably gone back to their favorite places. Hopefully spending

more on food and drink and less on addictive cancer causing cigarettes.

Of

course you can name bars and resturaunts that have gone out of business

since the restrictions but if you look at historical data there are

always places opening and closing. Unfortunatly with the economy lately

there have been more closing than opening.

Time to take the

smoking restrictions state wide (with no exceptions-can you say casinos)

thus having a level playing field for all businesses.

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