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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

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Jim

I agree with your thought that smokers won't stay home every night just because they can't smoke in an establishment. I'll take the flip side of that, though, and say that non-smokers will stay home if people are allowed to light up. My wife and I lived in Florida when that state's smoking ban went into effect and we often stayed in rather than going out to a smoke filled restaurant. It's easier for a smoker to step outside to smoke than it is for a non-smoker to evade the smoke indoors. I don't think that it should come as a surprise to anyone that restaurant sales tax collections are rising.

Let's go one step further, though, and ask this Restaurant Association lobbyist if the industry would be willing to pay health care costs for all of their employees as well as an assessment to help fund public health care to pay for the health problems associated with the second hand smoke people are forced to breathe as a result of allowing smoking in their restaurants. Maybe we can trade smoking in restaurants for this and they can pay for it with the revenue they apparently wouldn't be losing.

Josh

New research suggests that the average smoker gains 21 pounds when he or she quits (http://health.yahoo.com/news/164119), so that might explain why the restaurants are seeing more business.

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