June 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm in INFORUM
The bars in Fargo and West Fargo did just fine after the smoke cleared.
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The smoking ban has clearly been a great move. And it’s shown that it grew the bar business. So many things that I don’t miss that include smokey bar and the bar skanks that chain smoked at the “bar” itself.
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No doubt there are a lot of smokers that don’t go out as much. But the non-smokers have obviously filled that void. The sky didn’t fall. Bars are still open, making money. People still go out and spend money. Smokers just have to step outside so others can breathe clean air – what a great concept!
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I don’t know if it is so much that non-smokers have filled the void or if it is just that smokers have learned to obey the rules and smoke outside. I know I had my doubts about the smoking ban and its effect on business but it seems to have worked out just fine.
I have to say that I have gotten used to the changes around here and couldn’t believe my senses when I walked into a small town ND bar while visiting the in-laws over Memorial Day weekend. It was almost like getting punched in the face by a cloud of smoke. I don’t remember smoke bothering me that much when it was allowed everywhere in the Fargo-Moorhead area but the change has made a difference.
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I’d like to see what the resulting rates of lung cancer, heart disease and heart attacks is since the ban. My guess is there is no appreciable change. You gave up some of your freedom and property rights for no substantive benefit. How does that make you feel?
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John Wayne died of lung cancer if memory serves. Just saying…
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Gramps used to say, “ya gotta die from something”. He had a heart attack too, never smoked a day in his life.
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My “gramps” used to say “Don’t ever smoke. I’d give anything to go back to the end of the War and decide to never smoke another cigarette again.”
Then he died of lung cancer from smoking and never got to live to see his first grandson, my son, born.
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“You gave up some of your freedom and property rights for no substantive benefit. How does that make you feel?”
Really? No appreciable benefit? Now everyone (customers and employees) can enjoy the freedom to breathe clean air in establishments that are open to the public. That is a net gain of freedom, in my opinion. Good government at work.
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â€œYou gave up some of your freedom and property rights for no substantive benefit. How does that make you feel?â€
Really? No appreciable benefit? Now everyone (customers and employees) can enjoy the freedom to breathe clean air in establishments that are open to the public. That is a net gain of freedom, in my opinion. Good government at work.”
What about the freedom of business to be conducted as the business owner wants? What about the freedom of people to smoke if they want? Open a bar where smoking is allowed and you will see one of the busiest places in Fargo/Moorehead.
Restaurants I can understand, but bars? Seriously? You all need to get over yourselves, and you ‘lifesaving’ pragmatic garbage. Let people make their own choices. That is my biggest argument. If you need to make a law to get smoking out of businesses, then there is NO reason to stop what’s already happening. if there was a market for non-smoking establishments than they would appear, without a law to mandate it.
Smoking is a dying habit, pun intended.
Some day we’ll all sit around and laugh about the people who stuck cancer causing sticks in their mouths and lit them on fire to intentionally breathe the poisonous smoke.
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