Economist at the Federal Reserve declares smoking bans have a negative impact on the economy
The article is found online here. Excerpt:ST. LOUIS, MO (2008-01-24) An economist with the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis says that the economic impact of smoking bans may be more significant than previously thought.Here in Minnesota we've chronicled 151+ closed establishments, with outstate sources telling us two days ago about another 13 unconfirmed closings in the western part of the state.We've also documented unemployment data in the Twin Cities which shows the job losses specific to the hospitality industry:http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2007/05/minnesotas-unemployment-rate.htmlhttp://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2007/10/mn-smoking-bans-continue-closing-bars.htmlhttp://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2007/09/star-tribune-story-tells-of-economic.htmlhttp://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2007/08/smoking-bans-and-organizations-that.htmlAcross the country the negative effects are being multiplied.....the results are the same where ever bans are implemented:
Yet, the justification for the workplace bans continues to be proven unnecessary by sound scientific air quality testing:
(Thanks to Vince Harden for the story alert)
St. Paul Pioneer Press laments over the loss of hospitality establishments......yet they refuse to look at the long, hard truth
...St. Paul's smoking ban is still fresh on tavern owners' lips......was a recent lament.....the number of new bars and restaurants attempting to open in downtown St. Paul has dwindled......While, the number of people living downtown has tripled......if you promote St. Paul for what it is, rather than what you want it to be, it'll come alive.....(St. Paul) City Council Member Dave Thune, who represents the downtown district, agrees the scene is evolving....
Thune should know best, he introduced smoking ban laws in the the Twin Cities area toward an evolution of what he wants Minnesota to be, a nanny state epitome of his Utopian, anti-business, socialist, "the good of the people" wet dream.
Stanton Glantz's $400,000 funding from Nicoderm manufacturer Johnson & Johnson's private foundation RWJF
Stanton Glantz has been the recipient of massive amounts of money from Nicoderm maker Johnson & Johnson Company's partner RWJF......gee I wonder why Glantz is pro-smoking ban?
Tobacco Use & Exposure
Educational campaign for restaurant owners on smoke-free restaurants
$399,000, (awarded on Aug 11, 2005, starting Aug 15, 2005 ending Aug 14, 2007) ID# 052810
University of California, San Francisco,
School of Medicine513 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143-0410
Efforts to adopt clean indoor air ordinances in states and communities are often derailed or substantially weakened by tobacco industry lobbying and media campaigns. The tobacco industry and its allies engage in disinformation strategies targeted to restaurant owners and associations about the effect of smoke-free policies on business. Lack of support among restaurateurs for strong smoke-free policies can present major barriers to their adoption at the state and/or local level. This grant provides renewal support for the continuation of the TobaccoScam restaurant educational campaign for two years. Funds will support the placement of 32 high-quality print advertisements in major restaurant trade publications. The renewal also funds targeted outreach to media and opinion leaders, with particular emphasis on restaurant industry leaders, and an enhanced Web site to promote smoke-free workplaces within the hospitality industry as the wave of the future, reframing the discussion from one of something to fear to something to emulate.
Stanton A. Glantz Ph.D.