AP article helps explain the reason smoking bans do not significantly reduce smoking
Financial stress doesn't push people away from smoking. A study shows people are more likely to smoke than quit during an economic downturn.
A survey from the American Legacy Foundation found that 77 percent of current smokers are stressed by the national economy. This stress is causing some people to delay their attempt to quit smoking, and some are smoking more cigarettes than before.That excerpt can be found in this article.Further to note, smoking bans themselves are the cause for financial stress. In Minnesota for instance, smoking bans closed 280+ bars and restaurants eliminating 10,000+ jobs. Across the nation nearly 100,000 jobs and 2,000 bars & restaurants have been eliminated since smoking bans were enacted. Make no mistake, the smoking bans enacted between 2001-2007 have led our nation and the world into its current economic downturn. An economic stress which leads to increased smoking rates according to the aforementioned AP story and the anti-tobacco American Legacy Foundation.
Hopefully Santa's company sleigh isn't subject to a smoking ban.
Liberal, clueless Minneapolis council members who overwhelmingly supported economy damaging smoking ban ordinances approve of $5.3 million roof
The fiscally inept council members are expected to approve a $5.3 million dollar "green" roof for the Target Center.The project would be the city's most expensive since it bought the Target Center and will take 20 years to actually become cost effective, the Star Tribune says.More here at Citypages.Other examples of Mayor Rybak and crew's shrewd investment decisions:10) $50,000 drinking fountains......$500,000.00 well spent, if you're a down and out, over-priced fountain artisan.A smoking ban ordinance, which so far has closed 270+ bars and restaurants putting 10,000 workers in the unemployment line, and contributing greatly to our current economic shortfall.
(WI, which doesn't have a statewide smoking ban, has 4.7% unemployment rate, MN with ban has 6% unemployment)It's no wonder then that Minneapolis has announced a hiring freeze, afterall there are many more roofs to "green" and "European" fountains to install....Can't wait to see what this clueless crew wastes our tax dollars on next.