April 27, 2008
Unintended Consequences for Charities from State Smoking Bans
Yesterday I blogged about Minnesota's limits on charity raffle prizes. A few days earlier, the New York Times reported on state laws that may have had a much more significant effect on charity gambling - indoor smoking bans that reach charity bingo games. According to the article, in Minnesota alone charities saw revenues drop 13 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007, as compared to the same quarter of 2006, and half of the drop is estimated to be attributable to a new, statewide indoor smoking ban that took effect in October 2007. On an annual basis that amounts to approximately $100 million in less revenue for charities that rely on charity bingos for a portion of their revenues. The article cites evidence of similar drops for charity bingo participation in California, New Jersey, New York, and Washington State when statewide smoking bans went into place.
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Why aren't the reporters now ignoring the great proof "study" (that ignored inflation, fast food sales, etc) in California now being mentioned?? Watch as epidemiologists, and scientists get paid again by the "charities" (Eg: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-using tobacco cessation $) to make a study saying that smoking bans don't create hardship on the economy. Watch as it gets repeated & unquestioned by the media. Yet they keep saying that there needs to be strengthening of tobacco funded research?
Why is it only tobacco, and not any funding resources scrutinized & looked at for bias; so that all research is strengthened? Oh yeah there isn't an agenda with mechanical engineers (given an honorary DR title) study the California economy getting Millions for "positive" research for the next few years of applications. People don't realize that many charities have been recreated by the same funded sources, and given new names (by 1 different org joining) to use the biased studies as the "proof" they need to get to politicians & reporters to be positive o legislation.
Look at these pages & see how much rice paper is being used in "science".
Smoking Ban damage pages
Economic Losses Due To Smoking Bans In California And Other States
PS : I work full time at a job unrelated to tobacco & don't get paid or told how to battle on this issue.
Posted by: lynda duguay | Apr 29, 2008 7:42:36 AM
When small charities go out of business because of smoking laws, they should appeal to council for money.
That way everybody pays
Posted by: Thomas Laprade | Apr 29, 2008 9:12:38 AM