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RemeSmokember 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.

6 Responses to Smoking Ban Success

  1. Now if we could just find a way to get rid of the ^%* cigars at festivals. Public shaming may be our only resource.

    • July 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm Booored...man...street responds:

      You’re outside, you’re smelling all kinds of things, deal with it. I agree with banning smoking inside, but I’m so sick of the “air police” banning smoking anywhere outside that someone might get a sniff of it. I smoke outside, and I try not to stand right in a group and blow smoke all over them, but if you’re out and about, you might *GASP* smell my cigs for 5 seconds.
      I ride my bike to work, and am frequently behind school buses, which smell horrendous and are probably just as bad as cigs. I deal with it, because I’m outside and I live in a city and you smell funky sh*t occasionally.

  2. The ban may have been a success of social engineering, but that doesn’t make it right. In a free country, it should be up to the owner of a given establishment whether or not to allow smoking. Period.

  3. I’m torn, as a non-smoker is it nice to have smoke free places inside. But it does seem like it’d be better left to the individual owners to allow smoking or not. It’s clear with changing attitudes towards smoking many businesses would be able to differentiate themselves by allowing it or not. And Rachel, you can go outside with them.

  4. My VFW Post, the last one in the City, was forced to close due to a lack of revenue after the smoking ban was instilled. We had 2 ’employees’, non-members who were bartenders, and we forced to comply because of them. More Communist inspired ‘we know what’s best for you’ and will use he force of gov’t to destroy you if you disagree or fail to comply. Don’t like smoke? Go away. Open a smoke free place (remember that that was Johnny’s on Culver’s ‘thing’, being smoke free?) These disgusting, communistic ideas have permeated society at every level via a press taught by openly pro-Communist university professors. Hey, you can’t get that 16oz steak fatty or drink that big drink, but I (politicians) can use and abuse the system at will? There is a storm a comin’.

  5. July 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm Jay Partyka responds:

    Lets not forget what precipitated the whole smoking ban. A waitress who never smoked in her life came down with lung cancer.

    She claimed the cancer was a work related injury and filed for workman’s comp to pay for treatment. She was initially denied but sued the state and won.

    Just imagine how high everybody’s taxes would need to go to pay for the cancer treatments for anybody who ever worked someplace that someone smoked. The ban was the right decision.

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