I’m really sorry, but your obstinance is ticking me off royally. In fact, the bars that closed did so because their customers smoke and so they went to nearby bars where they could still do so. Now, you may not want to believe it, and I guess I don’t give a rat’s patoot whether you do, but I am highly motivated in a not so nice direction when someone calls me a liar, as you continue doing.
If my opinions tick you off, deal with it as you wish, I really don’t care, as I’ve been nothing but civil. Doesn’t change the fact that I do not believe that these businesses have gone bankrupt due to the smoking ban.
If you somehow have taken from my posts that I have called you a liar, then you should read them again, because clearly you have misunderstood what I wrote, the crux of which is this: I believe that these owners blame the the failure of their business on the smoking ban. That doesn’t make it so.
Furthermore, I’ll be as obstinate as I like, whether it ticks you off or not.
Here in the bar outside Columbus, where smoking is legal, I’ll try to explain. The bars that shut down were quite successful businesses. When smoking was banned within the city limits of Columbus, the patrons of these bars, most of whom are smokers, stopped patronizing places where they could not smoke. Instead, they went to bars nearby where they could smoke. Without those longtime customers the affected bars were unable to remain open. Now, perhaps if The Headless Woman could not have allowed smoking then maybe the customers from the bar one block away, in the Columbus city limits, would not have switched. However, that was not the case.