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Michigan Bar Owners Boycott Lottery in Smoking Ban Protest

By   /   June 17, 2010  /   2 Comments

Bar owners in Michigan plan to boycott the state’s lottery this weekend in protest over a statewide smoking ban that’s hurting business.

Steve Mace, of Private Property Rights in Michigan, the group leading the boycott, told radio station WSJM the state’s behavior regarding the boycott and the smoking ban shows an expectation of privilege to dictate day-to-day operations of private businesses.

Mace expects hundreds of bars to participate in the boycott because bars, especially those near the Indiana border, are finding it difficult to keep customers who smoke.

The boycott emphasizes that state revenues come from private businesses and when the state interferes in private business, revenues suffer.

Kansas smoking ban advocates claimed the ban would not hurt business. Ban opponents disagree and point to other states with bans suffering business losses and closures. They’re already seeing businesses barely scraping by in the down economy closing before the ban hurts them any further.

Several bars in Kansas have closed, including the Arena Grill & Sports Bar, at 604 S. Topeka, near Wichita’s new downtown arena.

According to an article in today’s Wichita Eagle, Casey Reasoner said her Arena Grill & Sports Bar, at 604 S. Topeka, is closing. She said the bar opened too early, in 2008, to catch the wave of arena visitors, but the smoking ban, which goes into effect July 1, was the tipping point that finalized the decision to close.


More on the smoking ban

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Smoking Ban Advocate Says Some Claims Just Smoke

Interview with Sheila Martin, bar owner in Hutchinson

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Paul formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

  • The article notes that “Kansas smoking ban advocates claimed the ban would not hurt business.”

    When are people finally going to wake up and realize that these people lie?

    Before a ban they say it won’t hurt. Then in the first year of a ban they have to admit it hurt, but promise everyone that “It’s just a temporary adjustment period and biz will bounce back.” Then finally about five years later they come out with a “new study” showing that whatever bars and restaurants managed to survive “Are now doing just as well as before the ban!” while totally ignoring the fact that three to five years of general economic inflation is actually what brought the dollar figures back up for those survivors.

    They lie just as much about the “deadly health threat” of wisps of secondary tobacco smoke. Read the free online “Stiletto” at:


    to see those lies examined and exposed from the studies themselves. If you have any specific substantive criticisms of it please share them here. I am open about who I am, what my conflicting interest might be clamed to be, and I stand firmly behind every word I write.

    Michael J. McFadden,

    Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains”

  • Mike and Marilynn Drake

    As cafe and bar owner in a small rural area we have provided a business for our community of about 298 people. We sponsor pool team tournaments to help with our revenue, Once the smoking ban goes into effect, we will lose this extra needed revenue to keep our small business opened. If our customers cannot come in shoot pool, eat and have a few beers and smoke then they will just stay home.

    On that note we do have our business up for sale now because of the smoking ban going into effect.

    We may not generate a large amount of sales tax for the state of Kansas, but if you take our sales tax out of the picture as well as many other small busines, where does the state plan on getting the lost revenue when places like ours are forced to close. so the state loses tax money.

    Is the state going to start paying our bills and property taxes when they start taking more rights away from us.

    I realize some people do not want to be around smoke, but they have a choice they do not have to enter, a place where smoking is, they can go to a non-smoking place.