Remember the days when we’d come home from a night out on the town smelling like an ashtray? Those days are a blessedly distant memory. It’s been 10 years since New York State passed the ban on smoking in bars and restaurants.
In the year after the ban passed, many of my friends quit smoking. The Associated Press reports:
In the decade ending in 2009, smoking among New York adults declined from 22 percent to 17 percent. The share of smokers seeking to quit increased to 65 percent, from 54 percent, (American Cancer Society’s Blair) Horner said.
Overall, bars and restaurants did not lose business, as feared.
I think the law been a resounding success. The only downside is that my remaining friends who smoke constantly get up to go outside. I find it rude, especially when I’m left all alone for long periods of time. But it’s better than having them puffing away in my face.
Links of the Day:
– The Rochester Red Wings are worth $22 million and are ranked the 19th most valuable minor league baseball franchise.
– Say Yes has been nice for the children who take advantage, but it hasn’t moved the needle on Syracuse graduation rates.
– During a trip to Rochester, Spitzer wasn’t happy to find a trooper hanging in the hotel hallway.
– If you’re born poor in the Buffalo and Rochester areas, you can calculate the odds you’ll climb the income ladder.
– As more drivers lease cars, repair shops take a hit.
– An MCC grad is trying to raise money to attend Columbia University.