It appears that the smoking ban is a dismal failure everywhere it has been enacted. In Ohio where it has been in effect for four years the headline reads.

Enforcing smoking ban still a challenge

 

SPRINGFIELD — It’s been almost four years since the state implemented an indoor smoking ban, but the complaints against offenders keep trickling in.

Since May 2007, Clark County has had 1,110 complaints of smoking indoors and 571 investigations, according to data from the Ohio Department of Health and the Clark County Combined Health District. Springfield has had the most complaints in Clark County, with about 750, including 360 investigations.

“There are some repeat offenders, and clearly to me, this is intentional,” said Dan Chatfield, the health district director of environmental health.

In New York six years after the ban The New York Times wrote about the abundance of Smokeasys.

Six years after New York City passed a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, it is easier than ever to find smokers partying indoors like it’s 1999, or at least 2002. In November, Eater.com called it “the worst kept secret in New York nightlife” that “smoking is now allowed in numerous nightspots, specifically just about any and every lounge and club with a doorman and a rope.” A few weeks later, GuestofaGuest.com, a blog about New York clubs and bars, posted a “smoker’s guide to N.Y.C. nightlife.”

The point is that the anti-smoker activist claim that business increases after the ban. If this is so why are some of the hottest clubs in New York Ignoring the ban? Could it possibly be that the anti-smoking activist lie? They have now resorted to covert KGB style tactics to shut these clubs down.

It may be closing time for some of Manhattan’s hottest nightclubs, where the young and hip are arrogantly flouting the city’s smoking ban. The Health Department is moving to shutter five A-list clubs after an undercover sting showed they let their high-flying clientele light up inside again and again.

The velvet-rope violators include TheBox on the lower East Side of the city, and the Chelsea district’s M2 Ultra Lounge, which just last week hosted Sean (Diddy) Combs’ blowout bash for his son’s 16th birthday, officials said.

The clubs are scheduled to appear today before a city tribunal, where officials will try to yank their food and beverage permits – a fatal blow that would put the kibosh on alcohol sales. The move is by far the city’s most aggressive attempt to crack down on bars and clubs that turn a not-so-blind eye when their customers crave a smoke.

“We looked at our data and felt like these businesses continue to flaunt that they break the law,” said Daniel Kass, acting deputy commissioner for environmental health. “They pay fines as a cost of doing business. We needed a new approach.” Kass dispatched teams of sharply dressed spies to the clubs, where they nursed drinks – and looked for smokers.

It appears that the smoking ban is as popular as prohibition and getting just as violent. In Chicago a security guard was stabbed for trying to bust a felonious smoker.

A suburban Chicago man caught smoking in a Naperville tavern early Sunday (March 6) has been charged with stabbing a security guard.

The incident unfolded when staff at BlackFinn American Saloon asked 31-year-old Adam Hearn, and a female friend, to leave the building after they were caught smoking in a restroom.

Police said Hearn, of Lombard, Ill., did not comply with orders to take his cigarette outside, prompting a security guard to confront the couple.

Bans have never worked. It did not work for smoking in the early 1900’s, it did not work for alcohol in the 20’s and 30’s and it isn’t working now. When will these progressives quit trying to tell people how to live, what to eat.smoke or drink. Will they never learn.

They like to claim that high taxes and bans reduce smoking, especially youth smoking. New York has draconian taxes for decades and a smoking ban for eight, has it reduced smoking rates?

From 2003 to 2004, we saw about a 4 percent drop in the smoking rate in upstate New York. But that hit a plateau from 2005 to 2009. In fact, from 2008 to 2009, smoking prevalence rose about 2 percent among adults in upstate New York.

Some 24 percent of adults in the Southern Tier smoke, compared to about 20 percent in the Finger Lakes and Western New York. About 22 percent of people in Central New York and the Utica/Rome area and the North Country are smokers. Smoking rates peak in the 18- to 24-year-old age group at 28.7 percent.

So the obvious answer is NO! As a matter of fact the youth rate is increasing. Surprise surprise, make something taboo and it attracts the youth. What a shock!

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