Lowell smoking fallout slowly settles over town
As word of the newly approved clean air ordinance that takes effect Jan. 2 made its way around town Tuesday, reaction from the business community appeared to be mixed.
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#1 Oct 15, 2010
I am so thrilled our town made this choice. People who are indoors in public places have the right to breathe clean air. Now I can go to a local bar to meet a friend or listen to music - something I've done maybe twice in 15 years. I'm proud to say I live in Lowell, and now I'm even more proud.
#2 Jan 27, 2011
That's great, but you evidently don't care about the businesses that will lose money, have to lay off employees, and eventually close, because the town council feels it can dictate to someone what they must do in their own business, in which they pay their taxes - Liquor taxes, sales taxes, employee withholding taxes, and property taxes, and then have to be told that they can't allow smoking at their own discretion.
It's a sad day and age. I can't wait until the final effect is felt. Loss of revenue, and businesses in town. Everyone is so worried about second hand smoke of people in a tavern or bar, yet completely ignores the smoke and fumes they breathe when they go to work at the steel mill, or body shop, or mechanics shop.
It is a dangerous trend that is giving local government more and more control. And since it has been PROVEN that McDonalds food is bad for you, how long until they ban the Big Mac?
#3 Jan 28, 2011
Here in southwest Michigan, restaurants and bars have found that their business INCREASED after the smoking ban went into effect. Partly from people who had stayed away due to the smokey air coming in and also from a quicker turn over since the smokers left quickly after the meal to go outside to smoke!
#4 Feb 6, 2011
What gets me is there are plenty of non smoking places, why not have some for smokers. Where are our rights. And what about all our taxes we pay to smoke that go for schools.
#5 Aug 10, 2011
When you let the government take control of your businesses because they were afraid to just put a no smoking sign on their door, the government might next say that ever business that has customers has to put in a very expensive air filtration system (or maybe a minimum or maximum weight limit of the people that are allowed to enter). We'll se how happy every business is then. Everyone thinks it is so great, just remember, all socialist and communist love when they have control. CONGRATULAIONS!
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