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January 24th, 2013, 21:55
Originally Posted by pibbur who View Post
BTW, before, smoking was banned in pubs and cafes, opponents claimed that it would cause dramatic reductions in the number of guests and widespread bankruptcies in the business. It didn't happen.
My county was the first in Minnesota (US State, upper midwest) to ban smoking in most public places, including all bars and restaurants. (Minnesota was also the first state in the US to have any smoking regulations back in the 80s) The bar industry claimed this was going to kill them and that all the people would go to neighboring counties and the bars would all close. What actually happened was that some bars did close, but that happens all the time anyway. The NUMBER of bars and requests for even more licenses increased and their overall income increased as well, even compared to the neighboring counties.
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