Joined Sept. 30, 2011
2 months, 2 weeks agoharleyrider1778's comment on:
Springfield Business Journal: Smoking Ban Taking a Toll
8:59 p.m. CDT, October 2, 2011 Four months into Springfield's city wide smoking ban, some businesses are seeing a decline in revenue.
The owner of one Springfield bar, Tailgaters Pub and Eatery on South Scenic Avenue, says they have been losing $1,000 a week since the ban went into effect and had no choice but to close the first weekend of October.
Other pubs and restaurants are seeing a revenue decline as well.
The numbers range from 25% to a 45% drop in the amount of money they're bringing in now compared to before the ban.
Owners say it's difficult to manage cash flow and employment levels, yet owners say they haven't laid anyone off since the ban went into effect.
What's More Dangerous: The Effects of Smoking or a Smoking Ban? Some local business owners are not pleased with the effects of the city's smoking ban.
It has affected us in a bad way," he confesses. "We have lost probably 15-20 percent of our business since the smoking ban has gone into place. We used to get a late crowd of people ordering drinks and maybe an appetizer, but we don't have that anymore. There are still smokers who come regularly because they like the food and atmosphere, though not as regularly as they used to." .
1 year, 7 months agoharleyrider1778's comment on:
Subject: THE TRUTH FROM A PHYSICIAN JOHN DALE DUNN..HEARTLAND INSTITUTE Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2008 01:04:54 -0500
I am a Texan for 22 years, a 36 year physician, specializing in emergency medicine. I am familiar with the public health science on second hand smoke. I can say with confidence that second hand smoke may irritate some, but it does not kill. Those claiming thousands of deaths from second hand smoke to the public are deceitful for a political goal.
Public Health Studies cited by the Cancer Society and the Surgeon General that claim thousands of deaths from second hand smoke are weak, cherry-picked studies. Their supporters compound their perfidy by ignoring studies by the World Health Organization (Buffetta 1998 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute), Stranges, 2006 in Archives of Internal Medicine and Enstrom 2003 in The British Medical Journal, that show no second hand smoke effect.
In science, one study that disproves a scientific theory is more important than a pile of studies that are slightly positive. Anti- smoking advocates and fanatics ignore that basic rule and ignore any study they don't like. They are propagandists, not scientists.
The crusaders are willing to do anything and say anything about second hand smoke, including making public statements about thousands of deaths from second hand smoke. Those claims are multifarious and duplicitous—they are lies. Second hand smoking, even for the spouse of a smoker is one cigarette or less per day—which has no effect. The second hand smoke scare is a phantom menace conjured up by the High Holy Church of Smoke Haters to support the anti smoking crusade...
Smoking Bans violate the Ohio tradition of mind your own business. If the Ohio General Assembly thinks it has a role in telling people how to live, they should get a Divinity Degree and find a congregation. Folks in Ohio can easily avoid second hand smoke, and employment in a bar or restaurant is voluntary. Smoking is legal. Avoiding smoke is easy.
John Dale Dunn MD JD
Policy Advisor American Council on Science and Health, NYC, and the Heartland Institute, Chicago.
1 year, 7 months agoharleyrider1778's comment on:
We’ve been told for years secondhand smoke is deadly dangerous but we are here alive and there are no deaths from it, not even close.
It’s an exaggerated, created science all its own. It’s propaganda - fallacies created to have justifications for a new round of tobacco prohibition. I am for freedom, freedom for all people to have their own place in this world, including the smokers!
Tobacco smoke maybe an irritant to some, but that’s about it. Its chemical makeup has been so exaggerated by tobacco control pundits, it’s insanity. Only 6 percent of tobacco smoke constitutes those 7,000 theorized and identified components of the smoke. Theorized is the word, since the claimed chemicals are themselves so small they can barely be detected. Nanograms, femtograms are the sizes of what can be detected so they theorize the rest. Four percent is carbon monoxide, while nearly 90 percent constitutes ordinary atmospheric air! These figures come from the surgeon general’s report in 1989.
Oh the pundits may bring up benzene in tobacco smoke. The average cigarette produces roughly 300 micrograms of benzene (1986 report of the surgeon general. p.130) 0.3 micrograms - 300 nanograms.
Benzene is normally found in fruits, fish, vegetables, nuts, dairy products, beverages and eggs. The National Cancer Institute estimates that an individual may safely ingest up to 250 micrograms in their food per day, every single day of the year.
Thus, the “safe” exposure to benzene from one day of a normal diet is roughly equal to the exposure experienced by a nonsmoker sharing an airspace with smokers for over 750 hours.
It’s a political movement and it was never about health. ...