Smoking ban = eminent domain?The concept is not as far fetched as you would imagine.
Talk to a bar or restaurant owner who, before a smoking ban, was operating a profitable business, but after implementation of a government mandated smoking restriction, is losing so much business he/she will have to close their doors and go out of business; and you see that the actions of government transform an otherwise thriving business into one which is condemned......voila....eminent domain.
But now the twist...large pharmaceutical corporations thru their foundation counterparts, RWJF in this case, are behind the funding for implentation of government mandated smoking bans. Let's see..........large corporations profiting from the abusive government action on small businesses........where have I seen that before? New London?
Government mandated smoking bans are merely a tool which destroy thousands of small businesses for the profit of a few large pharmaceutical corporations and their products Nicotrol, Nicoderm, Nicoderm CQ, Commit, etc. If you don't believe that; you must ask yourself why RWJF, Pharmacia, Glaxo Smith Kline, and others are funneling hundreds of millions of $$$$$ to lobby thru the non-profits-American Cancer Society, American Lung Assoc., American Medical Assoc., American Medical Assoc. Foundation, etc. & scores of univerisity campuses across the country-in favor of government imposed smoking bans?
The case is no different than Best Buy Corp. Headquarters acquiring Walser Dealership property thru eminent domain action by the city of Richfield, MN.