U.S. unemployment rate increase to a 2 year high, nationwide smoking bans are a serious contributing factorJobless Rates Hits 5 Percent, a 2-Year High, Fanning Recession Fears (link)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hiring practically stalled in December, driving the nation's unemployment rate up to a two-year high of 5 percent and fanning fears of a recession.
Recent nationwide smoking bans have eliminated approximately 2,000 bars and restaurants:
Closer to home, here in Minnesota bans have closed down nearly 300 establishments:
In the U.K. smoking bans closed over 3,000 pubs!:
And if you haven't figured it out by now.......closed businesses, and hundreds of thousands of lost jobs due to smoking ban laws added significantly to the unemployment rate.
It would be nice to see the rent seeking pharmaceutical nicotine interests which fund the smoking ban movement held responsible. Specifically Nicoderm manufacturer Johnson & Johnson's private foundation RWJF.
Update: There is something that can be done to eliminate (reverse) the smoking bans which have put tens of thousands of people in the unemployment lines: