Now they can start taxing people for porking out!
I live in Florida. Bar owners have discovered that if they serve no food, they can allow smoking. Most taverns which follow that script are packed. Those fern bars which cater to the sweeter crowd have more limited attendance.
It doesn’t matter if business is up or down because of the ban. Stats are very flexible and can be twisted to show virtually anything. The improvement is debatable.
What’s more important is liberty. So maybe overall business is up, but what about the owner who wanted to cater to smokers. Is their business down? Shouldn’t they have the right to run their own business how they wish?
You could also pass laws mandating that every business serve only health foods. Let’s say, for sake of argument, that people are healthier as a result. That’s a public good, too, so wouldn’t that law be justified under the same principles of the anti-smoking zealots?
BTW, I’m not a smoker, and I detest cigarette smoke. I just don’t see why that gives me the right to deprive other people of their property rights. Unfortunately, we live in an era where citizens like to bludgeon each other with the law. One of most frightening phrases uttered by Americans (all too often): “There ought to be a law!”
so they take credit for good trends but the bad trend of bars and taverns...ahh its been like that for years
Similar reporting, from ND: 1982, rig count in the region drops from 212 to 54. By 1986, the rig count was down to 2. In the same year a headline proclaimed "Oil drilling activity doubles!" (rig count had gone up to 4).
All sorts of games can be played with statistics and the reporting thereof. How many businesses went under, too?
Wisconsin eating out without smoking ping
FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.
Yeah, up your nose with a rubber hose.
Nanny State PING!
“Based on state tax collection data, Hanson said restaurant and tavern sales overall increased 1% in 2010 and 2% in 2011, mirroring national trends.”
Of course, that 1% couldn’t possibly have anything to do with price increases due to the increased food and oil prices?
Why post this j/ s crap? Another Saturday am shot to hell.
Nice spin their Hanson.
No doubt another Nany-State, leftist Bureaucrat who has never held a real job in his life and knows 0 about the restaurant business.
Whereby the avg. profit margin on food is 8 - 14%, the avg profit margins on alcohol is 20 - 30%.
Thus if a restaurant has gross sales of say, $200,000 in food and an equal amount in alcohol, their increased profits of (Whoopee!) 1% in food = a WHOPPING $2,000....
...while their DECREASE of 4% profit in alcohol, = a LOSS of $8,000.
Does not take a math genius to figure out that $8,000 - $1,000 = a NET LOSS of $7,000, but hey, we are saving the chillun's health dontcha know?
>>It’s been great for the health of our employees and customers.” <<
Well that’s based on a lie.
I see you are celebrating the trampling of private property rights. Your ilk brought us Obamacare and you will soon be able to celebrate a long list of liberty trampling activities.
While the death of liberty makes me sick to my stomach, you celebrate. Jefferson had a fine suggestion to resolve this situation.
DOWN! with statists.
We acquired restaurant-quality(or better) cooking, serving and dinnerware equipment; developed sources for superior raw materials and improved our skills to a point that surpasses any restaurant or bar within a 500-mile radius or maybe larger.
We have all eschewed restaurants and bars for each others' homes. There is political discussion, as well as other subjects over fine food, fine drink, fine cigars, fine pipe tobacco and cigarettes - just like in the days of the original American Revolution; which may very well get repeated.
Sorry about your agenda, Drango - it has been defeated by independence and ingenuity.