Smoking Ban

As some of you may know/remember the Philly smoking ban is still not a law, it has been knocked around, but a vote has yet to be taken. Mayor Street wants a ban, and the business owners do not.

I understand business owner

10 Comments so far

  1. suzanne (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 10:15 am

    Wow…that survey wasn’t biased or loaded at all! No sir!

    I’m glad there was some attempt at opinion gathering, but I wish it could have been a slightly better attempt.

  2. Jay V (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 7:37 pm


    I say to just drop the whole issue. At least you’ll make the smokers happy.

  3. till (unregistered) on August 16th, 2005 @ 8:22 am

    Hilarious. This would never happen in Europe (ahem!). Well I don’t think it would. Anytime soon. Looking around my table, I think I recently picked up smoking again. =)

  4. till @ berlin metblogs (unregistered) on August 16th, 2005 @ 9:24 am

    I envy your 66 c/litre. :)

  5. Levana (unregistered) on August 16th, 2005 @ 1:17 pm

    That was worse than the push poll that Bush did against John McCain in SC . . . and the pro-smoking ban folks are still winning. What does the city council need? An engraved invitation?

  6. Scott (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 3:58 pm

    For anyone interested in hearing about the smoking ban from individuals representing ALL sides of the debate, Young Involved Philadelphia is hosting a free, public forum at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 6 at the Philadelphia Ethical Society (1906 Rittenhouse Square).

    Our expert panel includes:

  7. Bill (unregistered) on November 25th, 2005 @ 5:59 pm

    smoking is gross

  8. carter (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 10:00 am

    a few points on this.
    the idea that bars and restaurants will lose business from a smoking ban has been proven false everytime a smoking ban has gone into effect across the globe.
    the head of the staten island restaurant and bar association was one of new york city’s smoking ban’s biggest opponents. at the time of the fight against it, he was saying the identical things that all who fight against the philadelphia ban are currently saying. two years after the ban took effect in new york, he was on NPR saying that he hated to admit it, but every single one of his member’s establishments had increased there revenue on average by 10%. that is a huge number.
    these same numbers have been seen in california, ireland and everywhere else that has imposed a ban on smoking.
    the arguments against a ban just do not have any merit.
    i love a good beer. i love bar food. philadelphia has a great scene of pubs serving great food. i probably go out to bars only once a month. the only reason i don’t go more, is because of how smoky the bars are. i don’t want to breathe someone else’s exhaled cigarrete smoke, and i don’t want to stink afterwards. it’s simple.
    every single smoker i know in new york likes the ban. if philly wants to be the city it thinks it is, it needs to ban smoking in all bars and restaurants. period.

  9. Susan (unregistered) on February 12th, 2006 @ 1:10 am

    Considering only about 25% of Americans smoke, it makes sense that business would increase after the smoking ban was implemented. I’m a non-smoker and I do avoid bars because I can’t deal with the smoke.

  10. Rick (unregistered) on February 14th, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

    England has just voted to ban smoking in all pub, club and indoor space. It’s time for the city of Philadelphia to do the same.

    The scientific evidence is overwhelming…and any courteous smoker I’ve known has no problem with going outside.

    To all a**hole smokers, it time to deal with it!

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