To all the nonsmokers in Ohio who voted for the smoking ban...?

Are you happy? I just wanted to let you know that here in Dayton Oh, a number of small family owned bars have gone out of bussiness soley due to this issue. I happen to know the owner of one personally, and he is having to sell his house and move his wife and 3 kids to a small apartment til they get on there feet. Many more are on the verge of closing. These are these people's livlihood. Non smokers do not want to go to these little bars. They have regulars that keep them in bussiness, but they stay home now or go to places with patio's because they want to have a smoke with their beer, Is that too much to ask? Jobs are very hard to come by in this town, and many other companies are having mass layoffs. It is hurting small bussiness and our economy. Are these bar owners supposed to go work at Applebee's now for 1/4 the income? They work there whole life for something and you take it away because you don't think people should smoke. I am not disagreeing that ciggarettes can do harm, but it should be a bussiness owners descion. If they want to let people smoke what is the problem. ANd you CAN NOT say, "oh,but non-smokers would go to those bars if they were not smoking". Well that has proven to not be true, so what do you have to say now. I predict that if something is not done soon, every small bar in this town will close. One more thing.... the streets of downtown Dayton, are now littered with ciggarette butts and other garbage since there are no ashtrays and they can not smoke in the bars. Why did you have to vote for this when a common sense ban was on the ballot that allowed bars that were for adults, not families, choose. It only affects the small bussineses because they don't serve food, they make almost all there profit from alcohol. Almost all the bars (that are not restaurants) are locally owned and operated. If there not blowing the smoke in your face, why do you care? Thank you mr fireman! Common sense! How can you just say that its not happening??? There is proof! LOOK IT UP. Just keep ignoring all our countries issues and see what happens. For the record, I am not a smoker.

Asked By: sugarplums - 7/20/2007
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I find it hilarious that people are championing to make bars smoke-free... More
Answered By: nellbelle7 - 7/20/2007
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Yeah right.
Answered By: ♥Sweet♥baby - 7/20/2007
I am tickled and I live in another state. I say put all smokers in a rocketship and send them, without oxygen, on a long long flight to, oh, The Rear Entrance to Anywhere but Earth. LMAO ROFL @ all the pissy smokers that negged me. OW..>OW< OWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWO lmao @ you dorks
Answered By: Noone i - 7/20/2007
How did a smoking ban affect small bars? Do larger bars allow people to smoke? No. It's not like the drinkers who happen to also smoke stop coming to bars altogether. They just smoke outside. How does a smoking ban negatively affect only small bars?
Answered By: Josh - 7/20/2007
A better solution would have been for each bar to post a sign....smoking or non smoking......the free market would have taken care of the rest. The owner can chose what he wants to be.... People would have filtered to difeerent places until it reached equalibrium....Its a sham about the Old Angies on Waterveliet... More
Answered By: ohiofirefighter42 - 7/20/2007
Just wait until they start to go after everything else that people may not like. Hey you can't eat that food anymore , hey you can't do that activity any more. Many smaller Bars in NY ignore the smoking ban , not in Manhatten but in Brooklyn & Queens.
Answered By: tim t - 7/20/2007
well you should see all the patients standing on the corner in their hospital gowns, IV poles smoking , the law was put to help but when you drive past and see pregant women in hospital gowns smoking it looks really really stupid , other patients in wheelchairs on the corner in their gowns now that should be outlawed
Answered By: jgilbertdo - 7/20/2007
Liberals think they know what is right for everyone. Why would you want a buisness owner to make his or her own decisions about legal substances being used in their own establishment.
Answered By: southside - 7/20/2007
The bar owners should take responsibility for their business and make the required changes to bring in more customers. Blaming the closing of your business on the ban is a cop out.
Answered By: Clown - 7/20/2007
I am of the opinion that the patron should be given the choice as to whether or not they wish to enter an establishment that allows smoking. It is completely unfair to force the business owner to provide an atmosphere conducive to a particular group. For an example, I don't like rap so I don't go to clubs that feature... More
Answered By: Tom S - 7/20/2007
If there is such a demand for non-smoking bars in some areas let me know where!!! Every place there have been these ridiculous bans in the bars its the same story, the smaller ones end up going out of business because their patrons stay at home or go over the "border" to where they can smoke, have a drink and relax... More
Answered By: sbyldy - 7/21/2007
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