How do smoking bans improve lives?You may remember the TV commercial which stated: (showing an egg) "...this is your brain.....(cut to pan frying same egg).......this is your brain on drugs....."
Well, this posting is of similar nature in its comparison theme.
This was my life before smoking bans, one in which the free market allowed air filtration equipment to be sold to bars and restaurants so that establishment owners could safely and comfortably accomodate smokers and non-smokers.
This was the home I owned. Paying that mortgage was made possible by my successful career of selling Smokeeter air cleaners for 15 years to bars and restaurants in the Twin Cities and surrounding area.
This was the basement and recreation area my family enjoyed.
Cut to life after the smoking bans:
This is the house I was forced to rent after losing my home to foreclosure when I lost that job of selling Smokeeters after the smoking bans were enacted here.
And this is the flooded rental basement which my family now gets to "enjoy".
So remind me whose life is improved after smoking bans are enacted?..........Oh that's right the pharmaceutical nicotine company and pharmaceutical funded interests which now share the nearly $1 billion annual sales of pharmaceutical nicotine products (link).
Pharmaceutical nicotine products like Nicoderm, Nicoderm CQ, Nicorette, Chantix (all manufactured by Johnson & Johnson Company (RWJF)) are advertised as the preferred nicotine replacement products once smoking bans eliminate the use of tobacco nicotine via smoking bans.
So I hope you'll all excuse me as my testimony against smoking bans seems a little acrimonious. As I see it the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation RWJF and the Johnson & Johnson Company are benefitting from my loss, and since RWJF has funded nearly all the groups which lobby for smoking bans...they ARE directly responsible for job and business losses.
Update: A new study shows children are also harmed by smoking bans.