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Re: “The Hornets sure seem serious about staying in New Orleans

This is an absolutely great ad campaign! Bravo to the Hornets for creating these ads.

I only wish more NBA teams(and well, all professional teams in general!) had ad campaigns as enjoyable as this was to watch.

Posted by prfsnlwannabe on 03/17/2011 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Smoke-Filled Rooms

Well said, Elm. I couldn't have said it any better. Not to mention, those who smoke tend to be a much lesser drain on our national health care system than non-smokers, due to the fact that those who smoke tend to die slightly earlier than non-smokers.

So much for that 'smokers are a major drain on our national health care system costs' lie that antis love to exaggerate! And I hope that certain posters who I don't need to name are NOT so closed-minded that they forget tons of completely smoke-free music clubs at all hours of operation exist without an unnecessary statewide bar and club smoking ban(i.e. d.b.a., Preservation Hall, Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club, to name a few, and this isn't all). Some of my friends perform in the music industry, and have complained about the very adverse effect in revenue they see, in communities and states that selfishly enact bar and club smoking bans for all such places. An issue as serious as a bar and club smoking ban should be decided by each individual business setting their smoking policy as they deem appropriate by the desires of their clientele, regardless of what they want to do.

Did a zip code search on Let's Be Totally Clear for local smoke-free bars/clubs using the zip code 70116, and I swear the number has to be higher than just 15 that are voluntarily non-smoking in NOLA(including Carousel Bar). A video on WDSU's own site said the number is currently at 40 in NOLA, but as I unable to find a smoke-free bar guide that supposedly WDSU claims is on their site, here is LBTC's statewide list:
http://www.letsbetotallyclear.org/smoke-fr…

Posted by prfsnlwannabe on 03/17/2011 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Smoke-Filled Rooms

This article forgot to say that on top of the major revenue loss Illinois casinos saw from 2008 to 2009(and still to this day), that bills have been currently filed this year in the Illinois Legislature to once again let casinos set their own smoking policy, and to exempt bars and clubs that get 10% or less of their revenue from food(a la Florida). Not to mention, one casino in Illinois(Harrah's Metropolis, northwest of both Paducah, KY, and Nashville, TN) actually had to lay 30 employees off, only slightly more than a month after the Illinois statewide smoking ban started:
http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/294…

This article also should've noted that bars and clubs not serving food(not to mention a decent number of bars and clubs stopped serving food or eliminated their kitchen staff, just to remain exempt), and strip clubs were exempted from Nevada's smoking ban as well:
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-202.htm…

And to add on what one user above said, there have been many wasteful anti-smoking grants handed out to local anti-smoking groups that if their campaigning for total smoking bans were to be successful, only will hurt the very limited number of businesses choosing to serve smoking customers, and will only backfire and hurt the additional business voluntary non-smoking businesses in non-ban areas receive. These two anti-smoking grants(one in Saint Louis County, MO and the other being in Horry County, SC) are great examples of this, plus grant money from the obnoxiously wealthy American Cancer Society(which is a JOKE of a supposed health group, and is more a political lobby group than anything else):
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-an… ($7.6 million grant from federal stimulus to Saint Louis County(not including city of Saint Louis) Health Dept. to lobby for stricter smoking bans covering all bars and casinos. article even says that overall, the federal Dept. of Health and Human Services awarded 44 grants nationwide totaling $372.8 million, which is ridiculous!)
http://www.thesunnews.com/2010/10/13/17500… ($2.3 million federal grant to Smoke-Free Horry County, which is for obnoxious smoking ban lobbying efforts in the Myrtle Beach area)
http://www.semissourian.com/story/1700417.… (ACS $10,000 grant to an anti group in Cape Girardeau, MO, Smoke-Free Cape)

Posted by prfsnlwannabe on 03/16/2011 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Should Louisiana outlaw smoking in bars in 2011, or let bars continue to set their own smoking policies?

Haha, when I see all the silly idiotic comments of 'private places won't lose businesses because of a comprehensive smoking ban, blah blah blah'. Tell me then, why have so many restaurants and bars cut their hours, and/or employee tips often greatly fell right after smoking bans took effect, and many bars just eventually realize the only way not to go out of business is to look the other way on that local/state smoking ban?

Check out all the bars and other private businesses in Ohio that have realized it's just better to look the other way on the state ban, after the non-smokers and anti-smokers that state and national anti-smoking groups promised would show up to (then new) non-smoking businesses in Ohio never showed up:
http://www.smokechoke.com/

Not to also forget that in NYC, tons of bars/clubs continue to ignore that city's comprehensive ban to this day:
http://ny.eater.com/archives/2009/11/the_r…

If Louisiana and/or New Orleans politicians want to kill tourism to that state(yes, there are many who travel to cities and destinations like this, just for the sole fact they ACTUALLY can enjoy a legal adult product(cigarette, cigar, pipe, or whatever other tobacco product) indoors, and to associate together with like minded individuals, without annoying anti-smoking whiners, who wouldn't likely patronize that business even under a total ban), then by all means they should ban smoking everywhere. Problem is, last time I checked, doesn't that mean you selfishly remove the free choice of individuals who just want a limited number of places to smoke just for a very limited, but overly vocal anti-smoking minority(within the majority non-smoking population, who are indifferent if a limited number of smoking establishments exist)? If non-smoking businesses catering to adults are so great, then shouldn't those who favor them patronize them to the point that they become successful, so that more realize the market demand for non-smoking bars/clubs are out there? Or *gasp*, even open their own non-smoking place?

I live in a total smoking ban state(no exemptions for even bars/casinos), and know for a fact VERY MANY Illinoians adjusted their behavior, and no longer patronize the bars/clubs/casinos they once did before the IL ban took effect in January 2008. Local smoking bans that a few IL communities passed before the state smoking ban, also greatly hurt mom-and-pop independent businesses(think 24/7 diners, many that cut their hours down to limited morning and afternoon hours serving JUST breakfast and lunch) throughout the state. Just say NO to total smoking bans, Louisiana, and if anything, consider passing a law allowing restaurants to declare themselves entirely smoking, if they restrict entry and employment to only adults(a la Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, and the city of Indianapolis, IN. Wichita, KS also had such a law, before Kansas' statewide smoking ban took effect this past summer).

Posted by prfsnlwannabe on 01/22/2011 at 1:33 AM

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