Another Local Restaurant Goes Smoke Free

20 02 2009

With a smoking ban looming, another local restaurant has decided to cut off smoking in the building.

Sammy’s Lounge on Jolly Road in Lansing has been a staple of the South side for 53 years. People could walk in without reservation and enjoy a meal, a drink, and yes, a smoke. That ended Thursday. Sammy’s went smoke-free in an effort to get ahead of the curve, as owner Mark Corey puts it. The curve being a statewide smoking ban.

I drove by Sammy’s today and the sign says the restaurant is smoke free, so I’m guessing the bar is not.  Either way, it’s a step in the right direction.

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4 03 2009
StoutMedia

University Wisconsin stout polytechnic Considers Campus Smoking ban
indoors and outdoors cross campus.

article here: http://uwstoutmedia.com/possible-smoking-ban-on-campus/

27 08 2009
marbee

Unfortunately, while considering smoking bans in bars, they lump restaurants in the data that shows no harm from bans on small business. This is simply not true. Bars show devastating losses incurred from bans. Ohio lost over 300 the first year of a ban, the Minneapolis area has 327 documented closings from the smoking ban, including their last VFW in that area. Bans trample private property rights!

27 08 2009
marbee

Smoking bans absolutely devastate the tavern industry. People stay home to drink when they can’t smoke. Most of the bars affected are privately owned, and these bans trample private property rights. Most small bars are not affiliated with big chains, they are mom and pop bars that become virtually worthless after a ban. Close to 90% of the weight of tobacco smoke is composed of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and plain water (1989 Report of the Surgeon General p. 80). This mix is usually called “fresh air.” For this we take away property rights? So that someone’s smoke-free preference can trump an owners rights? Smokers Welcome, Non-Smokers Welcome, Anti-Smokers Buy Your Own Business!

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