Expect a business boom in Northern Virginia, as DC acted once again in a manner actively hostile to small business owners. From Reuters:
Washington, D.C.’s city council on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a smoking ban for bars, restaurants and other work and public places, but Mayor Anthony Williams said he may not sign the measure.
The council voted 12-1 in favor of the legislation, which would declare existing indoor bars, restaurants, brew-pubs and nightclubs in the U.S. capital smoke-free as of Jan. 1, 2007.
It doesn’t matter if the Mayor vetoes, BTW. There are enough council votes to override it.
Sue Jeffers (who is rumored to be a potential Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate) sent a letter to the DC City Council warning them of the detrimental impact it will have on local bars, but her words were ignored by the self-righteous do-gooders in Washington. She introduced the topic:
It has come to my attention that your city is considering a city smoking ban. I own a bar in Hennepin County and the city of Minneapolis and have first hand experience in the damage these bans cause. I strongly suggest you do not make the same mistakes made in our city and county. Let me share a few of our stories.
and then fired a long page of data for the benefit of the DC council. Here’s a clip:
To date we have 35 closed businesses with another 50-60 barely hanging on. The Minneapolis Hospitality Association can document lost revenues of over a million dollars a month compared the year before. We can document over 2000 lost jobs. The heartbreaking stories of lost jobs, revenues and businesses can be read at smokersclubinc.org, click on Diary of a Disaster to read our story.
Local restaurant and bar owners made similar points to the deaf ears in DC:
Restaurant owners point to Montgomery County, which went smoke-free in late 2003, and Howard County, which restricted smoking to separately ventilated areas in 1996.
Clyde’s, a Washington chain of 12 restaurants, saw bar business at its Chevy Chase location fall 30 percent after the ban was enacted. At its Rockville location, they saw a 20 percent drop, said Claude Anderson, corporate operations manager at Clyde’s Restaurant Group.
“We would expect the same to happen in D.C.,” Mr. Anderson said.
They saw a similar drop in its Howard County location in 1996.
“To date, we haven’t recovered yet,” he said.
It looks like the smokophobes have won another round — at the expense of small business owners. I’ll be certain to stay in Crystal City or Rosslyn hotels on my future trips to DC. But not at the Westin.
Healthists value longevity over a life well-lived. Abstention over indulgence. They believe adding years to the end of your life is the primary reason for living.
I’d have no problem with that if they only applied those values to themselves. But they want to use the law to make the rest of us live by them, too.
This is Nanny Statist government. Its roots go back to alcohol prohibition. It is government that wipes your nose when it’s dirty, tells you to eat your vegetables, and makes sure you’re in bed by ten.
Update by Stephen Gordon: It looks as if the
Sudatenland DC have been taken over.