Casino smoking exemption unfair to bu...

Casino smoking exemption unfair to businesses and gamblers

There are 3 comments on the Des Moines Register story from Feb 29, 2008, titled Casino smoking exemption unfair to businesses and gamblers. In it, Des Moines Register reports that:

State Rep. Janet Petersen said she had to hold her nose when she voted for an exemption for casinos in the proposed statewide smoking ban. via Des Moines Register

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A smoker

United States

#1 Mar 14, 2008
How insane. An exemption just because casino's are big business here in Iowa and they don't want to lose the business of gamblers that smoke (addictions that go hand in hand). Is prostitution in casinos soon to exempt too?

What gives an industry that preys on weaknesses and addictions the right to be exempt from the law and to expose their employees and non-smoking customers to second hand smoke?

Oh, I get it - duh me. Its ok to place a rediculous "sin" tax on smoking (just to get people to think about quitting wink wink) and ban it in public places for the "concern of public health" but over-ride it for the big business/big money casino.
Something stinks in Iowa, and its not fertilizer
History Buff

United States

#2 Mar 17, 2008
Doesn't it seem a bit odd that the economy dived with smoking bans and tax hikes as they spread. The mortgage crunch (loan problem) is actually at 30% of the mortgage problems (per a news report here).

If I may make a suggestion to those that are for the ban, I suggest you look at the state financials for states that do now have the bans.

The state financials usually run at six months behind and are on line. You are in for a shock with loss if you know how to read them. FURTHER, check with various government agencies for businesses that have gone bankrupt or closed after a ban was put into place.... I assume you will believe the state governments own figures for those states.

The bans KILL business, put people on food stamps, causes lost homes and a lot more as the decline in sales filters down to other businesses (example: band members, supply houses, distributors) and takes away from state revenues other than for just sales tax.

Those that want bans for their own 'likes' or 'dislikes' need to research where bans come from - that is WHO pays for them! Do you think they just happen magically out of no where and for free? Doesn't it seem odd that they are all the same with the legal language?

Bans are bought thru grants by big business with an agenda and they are not spending that amount of money to go broke! The industry that BUYS smoking bans also sells all the no-smoke products.... You will ALSO find that all the negative research concerning smoking for the last 30+ years has been paid for by the same foundation that 'buys' smoking bans. And, politicians LOVE bonus checks too!

Further: This country was built on Freedom. Each ban for anything is a step to kill it. For those that like to control others, may I suggest they move back to their ancestral homeland/s.

It has already been announced by the 'same' foundation that the 'Official Alcohol Ban' will begin now that many smoking venues are closed. What will be after that? Read thru what is known and you'll also be very worried about your medical records.

Think when you ready press reports. What study? Who funded it? What type of study? A meta-study? Propaganda is a weapon.

What & who is behind the bans, along with WHY.
Follow the page links.

Free Choice, Free Enterprise and signs is a wonderful invention.
It is one thing still PARTLY left that was built in the USA.

Since: Apr 08

Ankeny, IA

#3 May 12, 2008
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