Jul 7, 2009
Smokefree restaurants are thriving
LANSING -- With the Senate back next week from its two week summer break, it’s hoped they will take up the workplace smoking ban that has overwhelming support of Michigan residents.
The Lansing State Journal has a story on the Lansing area restaurants that have gone smoke-free, and they blow away opponents of the ban pushing the lie that a ban will hurt business and cost jobs. Apparently, study after study that proves the other 37 states that have a smoking ban have not been hurt is not enough for opponents. They insist on unsupported observations to support their false premise, so the LSJ offers some individual observations that prove it does not hurt business.
Only one owner, according to the LSJ, said that he was seeing a reduction in his business, and he had only tried it a month. He felt that the economy was a factor in that result. He said he did it for his employees and was sticking with his decision.
The most important aspect of the workplace smoking ban is to protect the health of workers, who have a 50 percent higher rate of cancer than non-hospitality workers. This is a public health issue, but opponents are throwing every argument they can think of to try and defeat it.
The owner of DeLuca's in Lansing said she felt it was "wonderful" for business, and there are more people coming in since December.