The Impact of Smoking Bans on Young Adults
Jim Farrell of the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association said that Gabby’s Nightclub in northeast Minneapolis lost many of its customers to Anoka County, where there is not a smoking ban. According to Farrell, the patchwork of the smoking ban across the Twin Cities has had a major impact on the younger crowd, but he is not sure if the smoking ban has caused the loss of Gabby's customers because he thinks young adults may go out anyway regardless of if they can smoke or not. Therefore, has the smoking ban actually caused young adults to leave Gabby’s in favor of nightclubs that permit smoking, have all nightclubs with smoking bans lost young customers, and have other night clubs that do not have bans gained more young customers since the ban was adopted in other nearby areas?
1. Jim Farrell, executive director, Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, (651) 772-0910
2. Jeff Ormond, manager, Gabby’s Night Club, (612) 788-8239
3. Leslie Bellamy, manager, BE-BOP Night Club in Blaine, Minn., (763) 754-2424
(I would talk to someone from a night club in Anoka County, which does not have a smoking ban, to find out if there has been an increase in young customers like Farrell said.)