People primarily come to New Orleans because our culture embodies and celebrates indulgence. The irony of the smoking ban is that drinking and gambling establishments encourage customers to party but walk a fine line between having fun and going overboard. Bars and casinos are not pristine environments where patrons go for quiet solace and the puritan experience. If the smoking ban is passed on belief that government knows what is best for the people, what’s next to be prohibited in the name of public safety? Beignets? Pralines?
Who would want to visit New Orleans for a puritan experience? Nobody much. Business will dry up.
I believe that Juliette Tworsey and her band, Firebug (whom I met when they played a gig in the UK 3 or 4 years back), moved from L.A. in California to New Orleans not long ago. It certainly seemed to make sense to me to a) move away from California, and b) to go somewhere with a flourishing musical culture. But now the puritans have arrived there too.
I guess Tobacco Control must have bought the New Orleans Board of Health, like they buy pretty much everywhere else. The puritans buy control. And now that they’ve gained control, they’re going to kill the city and its indulgent culture.
Because they don’t like indulgence. Puritans never do.
And if music venues close, puritans won’t mind. Puritans don’t like music either.
The only place in the USA that I can think of with a more indulgent reputation is Las Vegas. And the smoking bans seem to be arriving there too.
The idea of a full-scale smoking ban in Nevada casinos seems out of place.
The “No Smoking” concept doesn’t fit the Strip’s “do anything” reputation.
Of the 23 states with commercial casinos, 18 outlaw smoking in casinos.
In Nevada, a voter referendum in 2006 banned smoking in all public places — excluding casino floors.
One gaming analyst, however, has warned investors that a Strip smoking ban could become reality in the next 24 months — or sooner…
Delaware’s gaming market fell 11.3 percent following a smoking ban in 2002. Illinois casinos experienced a 20.9 percent revenue decline after the Smoke-Free Illinois Act was passed in 2007.
Zarnett said the 2006 Nevada law, which eliminated smoking in bars, restaurants and taverns, was partially responsible for the 2010 bankruptcy of Herbst Gaming, which then was the state’s largest slot machine route operator. The smoking ban was blamed for the company’s 20 percent decline in slot route operation revenue.
Nevada’s voter-enacted ban was amended during the 2011 Legislature to allow smoking in taverns that serve alcohol and food but don’t admit minors.
But then, the puritans will be glad to see casinos closing. Gambling is indulgence. Business will dry up.
Right in the middle of the Great Recession.