Saturday, February 2, 2008
And when those folks don't get what they want, I know what will likely happen.
We ain't hearing of incidents like that YET only because of the cold weather. But when the weather gets warmer, more smokers will be outside of the taverns, and more people trying to befriend those smokers will be out there with them. I know how some robbers work as a person who lives in the city. Instead of literally threatening you, they will pretend to be friendly and desperate. They'll ask you for a cig first. And then when they ask for money, and see your wallet, they'll snatch it and run away. Or if you alone, they will make you feel pain first before they run off.
Even if you tell em "No!" They'll still make you feel pain or pickpocket you.
Here's a tip. If you smoke and don't wanna give anyone money in the streets, you should stay home. Because the way I see it, if you're smoking in the Chicago streets outside of a bar late at night, you better be street smart so to speak.
Friday, February 1, 2008
I dunno what calculator people use to come up with these fake stats on smoking. But whoever used that calculator to calculate 500k African-American kids dying form smoking-related causes as adult smokers must have something against smokers within my heritage. I was actually laughing when I read that number.
Here's a number based on a prediction of mine. I predict by the time this year is over, more underage folks in IL will be new smokers...maybe like 20 percent more than the number of underage kids who started smoking in IL last year. For some reason, underage smoking seems to go up every year despite smoking bans and high cig prices.
I ain't guessing how many of those new smokers will be bros and sistas. LOL
I wouldn't be surprised if close to 40 percent of the IL taverns, restaurants, and bowling alleys are outta business by the time this year is over. I hope I'm wrong on that 40 percent.
Illinois smoking ban sours campus bar culture
The State of Illinois’s choice in the dead of winter to ban public smoking has inspired grief, relief, and even a few cottage industries.
“Remember kids, smoking is not big or clever and it WILL kill you, but if you want to die you may as well die with warm hands,” reads an advertisement for Smoking Mittens, gloves with a heatproof hole designed to hold a cigarette, a product specifically created in response to the increase of smoking bans in public places worldwide.
On January 1, Illinois joined 21 other states in banning smoking in all public places, including restaurants, bars, and music venues. The Smoke-Free Illinois Act enacts fines of up to $250 for individuals and $2,500 for venues that violate the ban, which includes smoking up to 15 feet away from doors and windows of establishments.
The ban has more than one disgruntled smoker venting outside popular Hyde Park bars.
“I’ve been loving every minute of it,” said third-year Ashley Meyer wryly as she puffed on a cigarette outside Bar Louie. “You’re drinking your beer, and you have to leave it and go outside into this freezing blizzard.”
“I just don’t get this law,” she added. “I mean, people don’t go to bars for their health.”
Another frequent complaint among students has been the loss of a smoker culture that, until recently, cheerfully lived on in Chicago’s bars.
“It makes for a particular social bond, but now everyone’s having fun and you have to go outside in a self-imposed exile for 10 minutes. Sometimes you feel pathetic,” fourth-year John Elias said.
Elias added that the ban has led to several uncomfortable late-night situations outside Jimmy’s involving his charitable donations to the homeless.
“All the homeless guys come up, the ones who like to hang around there because when you’re drunk you give them money. So they’ve been on my case more than usual,” he said.
In addition to grumbling over the cold and inconvenience, several South Side smokers questioned the need for such a law in the first place.
Christopher, a second-year who declined to give his last name, is an occasional bartender at The Cove and a frequent customer of neighborhood bars.
“Before, there were plenty of bars that were non-smoking,” he said. “And that was a choice you made before you went out. Unfortunately now, [the state] has taken the choice away from us.”
Lawmakers in other states have said they passed these laws out of concern not only for the non-smoking patrons of bars and restaurants but for the waitstaff and other employees who were forced to inhale the smoke of others. The latter claim in particular is one with which Christopher takes issue.
“Most people who work here smoke,” he said. “When I did bartend, I smoked a fair amount while I was working. It’s something that most employees participate in.”
Moreover, many proprietors have claimed that the ban has hurt them financially. The Bar Louie in Hyde Park is one of the top five grossing locations of the franchise, said manager Alan Anderson. He added that the new act jeopardizes this position.
“The smoking ban has taken a serious toll on our business,” he said. He added that while attendance of non-smoking patrons has increased, “they don’t outweigh the smokers, not by a long shot.”
Anderson said that Bar Louie has been put in a tough spot on both a professional and personal level.
“The thing is, Bar Louie is still a neighborhood restaurant, we still invite kids and families to come in. We have to please everybody.”
The Cove has also seen a decrease in patronage as a result of the new act. Shawn Sleeper, a bouncer at The Cove, said the ban has resulted in a 25 percent decrease in sales at the bar, a number he attributes to patrons being less inclined to smoke out in the cold. But new problems may arise come summer.
“There’ll be more people out here, smoking, laughing, making noise and then the neighbors start complaining and that’s bad for business,” Sleeper said. He added that the Cove has already been hit with a number of fines for similar reasons in the past few years.
While employees and customers alike have expressed distaste for the new policy, some University students see merit in the law.
“I smoke pretty much more than anyone else I know, but I didn’t always, so I know that it can be unpleasant for others,” said Elias. “I mean, smoke is gross when it comes down to it, so I feel for the non-smokers.”
But fourth-year Josh Hemley sympathizes with both sides of the debate.
“It’s nice to be in a bar without smoke in your face,” he said. “But I smoke too, so it’s like your mother telling you to eat your vegetables: It’s good and it’s bad.”
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Smoking causes several illnesses which are expensive to treat?
Last time I checked, a-hole, illnesses that ain't smoking-related are expensive to treat too. Heck, medical treatment is expensive in America period!
So whetha you smoke or not, if you come down with an illness that requires medical attention, you betta be prepared to pay big bucks. Don't make it sound like if you're an ill nonsmoker, your medical treatment is cheapa. That's a screwed-up lie.
I read that con in a 2006 online article. And since the article is old, I won't botha leaving a link this time.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
My wife and I went to a "Marquette bar" in Chicago on Saturday to watch our Golden Warrior Eagles beat DePaul, and I can't even begin to tell you how nice it was to take a deep breath without gagging on cigarette smoke.
We enjoyed it so much that we gladly ordered food, knowing we wouldn't have to choke it down while getting carcinogens blown in our faces. And it was wonderful to emerge from the bar several hours later without needing to fumigate our clothes.
This was our first foray into a tavern since Illinois enacted its no-smoking-in-public law - and we'll be happy to visit many, many establishments again.
Some bar owners feared the smoking ban would kill business. Well, this place was packed. And I'm guessing that many of the people were like me (and especially my smoke-hating wife): folks who wouldn't have spent so much time and money at a bar had it been a smokehouse.
Congratulations, Illinois lawmakers, for actually getting one right!****************************i********
This is a comment I left on there.
"I'm not surprised the bar was packed on a Saturday, when you got basketball games going on. And with fewer people working on weekends. It would've been a different story if you were in that bar during late evening hours, or if you were in there on a day when there are hardly any games on TV. Can you tell me if the rest of the bars in Chicago were packed on that day? I highly doubt it."
I doubt that Chicago bar is gonna be packed tonight. Not when you got falling temperatures and inclement blizzard-like conditions.
You need to visit EVERY bar in Chicago. And not just one bar and then childishly conclude that the smoking ban has made the tavern businesses betta.
That's like saying "Oh the taverns will have good business this coming Sunday." I'm sure the taverns WILL have good business since Sunday is the Super Bowl! One of the events of the year where you likely will see a packed tavern/restaurant! But we don't have Super Bowls 24/7, and 365 days per year to KEEP those taverns packed!
I guarantee you on the Sunday afta the Super Bowl, a lot of those Chicago taverns will be so empty, you will hear a pin drop.
Monday, January 28, 2008
But in order to have a smoke-in, aside from the obvious (like planning it out and getting as many smokers as you can), you need a lawyer in the group who smokes too. So he can handle counterattacking ticket/arrest threats. And he could have some proof on a list of IL businesses that closed down due to the smoking ban. He could also show proof that SHS does not kill nonsmokers...I saw proof online that SHS claims are all lies.
If you don't have a lawyer, you can forget about a smoke-in. Unless you like the idea of living behind bars, since you're still breaking a law.
I hope these southern IL owners planning to file lawsuits got lawyers on their side too. Othawise, those owners will lose. But of course, the owners will have to show proof on how the ban has hurt their business....and I know the owners got evidence in that regard.
I'd join a smoke-in anytime. I don't have to say a word in the smoke-in because the act of smoking is a form of me using my freedom of speech. I'd ratha NOT talk because I don't want to leave a bad impression on smokers in general with my mouth. That's why you need a "leader" for a smoke in....a lawyer! I'm just the "member of the gang" so to speak, and I'm just doing my part of the "job."
But I know if someone in that Springfield office told me "Please stop smoking in here, N!" I'd have no choice but to talk and maybe blow smoke in that moron's face as self-defense.
I am NOT trying to compare a smoke-in to a planned bank robbery or whatever. My bad if you got that impression. But walking into a Springfield office with a lit cig in your hand is still law-breaking. Albeit a bank robbery is a real crime.
And when you break ANYTHING that's a law....no matta how serious the law is....
you betta make sure you do your homework so you don't get caught. The same applies for a smoke-in...you gotta know who's gonna talk on behalf of the group to decrease the chances of all of us getting in deep sheet. (You know, the "leader?") But at least with a ticket, we can file lawsuits for freedom of speech violations.