Contrary to what the anti-smoking propagandist tell you the smoking ban is indeed hurting business.

RACINE COUNTY – Tavern owners didn’t like Wisconsin’s workplace smoking ban before it arrived, and they don’t like it any better six months later.

In fact, local bar owners – and their bartenders – say they are suffering financially more now than when the ban was new.

The Smoke-Free Act, which applies to all workplaces, took effect July 5 and Gov. Scott Walker, then a candidate, said he would repeal it if elected.

As the months got colder, business got weaker, said Lou Larsen, City of Racine Tavern League president and owner of Peg & Lou’s Bar & Grill, 3113 Douglas Ave. Smokers are far less willing to go outside to smoke in cold weather.

Larsen said revenue was down about 20 percent in October, almost 30 percent in November and 39 percent in December, compared with the same months in 2009.
“If (customers) come, they don’t say as long because they don’t want to stand outside,” he said.

Then of course the article goes into the standard anti-smoking propaganda.

The law isn’t universally unpopular. The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center recently issued a study indicating air quality in Wisconsin restaurants and bars improved by more than 92 percent as a result of the ban. The study analyzed air-quality data recorded in more than 200 establishments before and after the law took effect.

Why do I call this propaganda? Well the so called study they refer to was conducted by anti-smoking activist like Smoke Free Wisconsin and did not really measure air quality but fine particulates. As fellow freedom of choice fighter and author of (Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains) Michael J McFadden put it.

The writer might not be aware of it, but the headline is a lie.

How can I say that? Simple: Air Quality is made up of many different things. A popular scam run by Antismokers recently is to focus on one particular component of air quality, Fine Particulate Measurement 2.5 (which is essentially smoke), and pretend that it means the same thing as Air Quality overall.

Actually what the researchers are measuring is *smoke* in the air, and … SURPRISE! SURPRISE!!! … once you ban smoking in a place there is LESS smoke in the air! I don’t know what the current rate is but a few years ago troupes ran around to places where bans were being debated and charged $50,000 to $75,000 apiece to deliver these sorts of scare results. Meanwhile any 3rd grader would have been happy to tell them the same thing for the price of a candy bar.

FPM *is* one part of overall air quality, but it’s quite possible for a place with low FPM readings does not allow smoking to have FAR worse air quality than a place with high FPM readings that does allow smoking. A good example of how this can be is seen if you look at the old studies of smoking in sealed pressurized aircraft. When smoking was removed they were able to save huge amounts of money by simply recirculating air instead of using real ventilation and no one noticed all that much. But meanwhile the FGU readings (Fungal Colony Units) doubled or tripled and all the happy smoke-free passengers were breathing all sorts of nice fuzzy fungal spores in to breed in their lungs. And that’s not even mentioning all extra concentrations of H1N1 flu germs, formaldehyde offgassings, and other juicy but invisible pollutants.

So the headline is a lie. And it shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who’s actually read the studies and their analyses. See:

http://kuneman.smokersclub.com/PASAN/StilettoGenv5h.pdf

I took it a step farther and pointed out that they did not adhere to the EPA standards and that their tests were invalid by those very standards. If the so called study were peer reviewed these discrepancy would have been exposed. Dr Michael Siegel calls it Science by Press release.

But are nonsmokers enjoying that cleaner air? Joey LeGath, owner of three Racine bars and one in Caledonia, doesn’t think so.
“I haven’t seen new nonsmoking customers at any of my places,” he said.
Jodie Barrios, a bartender at three of LeGath’s bars, echoed that. “We haven’t seen one new nonsmoking customer since the law was passed,” she said.
Meanwhile, it’s slashed her tips, Barrios said, adding, “I don’t think they thought of that.”
Before the ban, on a Saturday night at Joey’s on Lathrop, 2054 Lathrop Ave., Barrios said she and her daughter, who works with her, would split the tips and each take home about $120.
“Now we’re lucky if we do $50 or $60 in the winter.”

It is not only time to repeal this draconian law but time to quit using taxpayer dollars to fund the lobby groups trying to turn Wisconsin into a Nanny State!

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