- Regarding Kaw Nation's smokefree policy for its SouthWind Casino: "It's
really refreshing to walk inside and not be inundated by the smell of smoke,
so I'm sure it'll be a popular destination."
-Natalie Fraser, Chair, Ponca City (OK) Chamber of Commerce1
- "Tobacco use costs the state's economy $3.8 billion in health care
costs and lost productivity. Passing a smoke-free law would be the very best
thing Kentucky could do to improve our state's poor health rankings. Smoking
is costing employers in lost productivity, in their health insurance premiums
and in their tax bills. This drain on our precious financial resources is
preventable, and we need to take action now."
-Dave Adkisson, Chief Executive Officer, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce2
- "When it comes to restaurants and bars, I think [the proposed smokefree
ordinance] catches us up with some of our competitive cities. And when it
comes to hotel rooms, if they go 100% smoke-free, that would be a big competitive
advantage because not many other cities, even ones with smoking bans, have
-Leonard Hoops, CEO and President, Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, IN
- Regarding the chamber's support for smokefree air, smoking "Raises
business costs and it raises healthcare costs. The sustainability and health
of the city is very important."
-Tammie Barney, Vice President, Greater Indianapolis (IN) Chamber of Commerce4
- "Eliminating smoking in Indianapolis' hospitality industry will benefit
the region's convention and tourism industry. A smoke-free law will not only
help us attract new business, but will enhance the visitors' experience while
protecting hospitality workers from secondhand smoke."
-Leonard Hoops, CEO and President, Indianapolis (IN) Convention & Visitors Association5
- "The business community now sees the effects of smoking on our workforces
in terms of absenteeism and lost productivity. We also see the effect on our
insurance premiums and now on our tax bills, especially when you consider
the of smoking to our Medicare program, our Medicaid program, which of course
is haunting our state budget."
-Dave Adkisson, President, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce6
- Regarding the chamber's adoption of a smokefree policy and public support
for a county-wide ordinance: ""As we've seen at the statewide level,
the support for going smoke free has increased and health care costs are rising
as a result of smoking and second hand smoke. So we felt this is a good time
to endorse that for the business community and for the visitors that come
to the area."
-Kimberly Miles, Spokesperson, Myrtle Beach (SC) Area Chamber of Commerce7
- Regarding Indianapolis' proposed smokefree ordinance: "It sends a message
to the rest of the world that Indianapolis is the kind of place you want to
come to. We want Indianapolis to have that sense of the future that a smoking
ban can bring, or at least signal."
-Roland Dorson, President, Indianapolis (IN) Chamber of Commerce8
- "We have seen in the last couple of years more and more visitors asking
us which establishments are smoke free, so that is actually something that
our visitor is becoming a little more savvy about."
-Nicole Aiello, Public Information Officer, Myrtle Beach (SC) Area Chamber of Commerce9
- "The chamber was very supportive of the ban on smoking in outdoor dining
areas when it was discussed and approved last year. We are not objecting to
the idea of holding accountable businesses that habitually permit violations
of the law; this cannot be ignored. Our major concern is the lack of education
education and a marketing effort are important."
-Tom Larmore, Chair of Board of Directors, Santa Monica (CA) Chamber of Commerce10
- The Tempe Chamber of Commerce and Arizona Restaurant & Hospitality Association
decided to support Proposition 201, a comprehensive smokefree measure to restrict
smoking in all workplaces. A rival ballot question, Prop. 206, was backed
by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and would have exempted bars from the statewide
smokefree law. The stronger law was adopted in 2006.11
- "The business community understands that, ultimately, comprehensive
smoke-free laws promote economic growth by reducing the employer health care
costs and lost productivity."
-Chip Carlisle, Chairman, Greater Houston (TX) Partnership12
- "A number of cities in Texas have enacted this [smokefree] ordinance.
It has not impacted business. We want Beaumont to be at the forefront, not
the last community to respond to what has become a significant public heath
-Jim Rich, President, Greater Beaumont (TX) Chamber of Commerce13
- "We believe this [smokefree] bill will not adversely impact the business
-Robin Comstock, Greater Manchester (NH) Chamber of Commerce14
- "The time has come; there is plenty of evidence that second-hand smoke
causes lung cancer, especially in young people. It is a trend across the nation,
and a ban would give us an opportunity to differentiate ourselves from other
communities that are dragging their feet."
-Dan Allen, President, Muncie-Delaware County (IN) Chamber of Commerce15
- The Board of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce unanimously endorsed
Washington State's Measure I-901, which would make all workplaces, including
restaurants and bars, 100% smokefree indoors. The Chamber noted, "In
this case, we can do something to create a truly healthy environment for employees
and customers while also helping businesses with their bottom-line."
-Steve Leahy, President and CEO, Greater Seattle (WA) Chamber of Commerce16
- "I have read and agree with the many studies that show that there is
no adverse economic impact on businesses in cities where smokefree ordinances
have passed. In fact, studies show an increase in revenue in most situations
We have enormous potential to lower the healthcare costs that our businesses
must pay. The creation of smokefree workplaces will help us do that
There are thousands of cities, some states, Canadian providences and a number
of countries that have adopted complete smokefree ordinances with no exemptions.
I urge you to do the same."
-Michael Maurer, President, Indiana Economic Development Corporation17
- "Tempe's hospitality community does not suffer in the least bit from
the ban. We are actually encouraged by the fact that so many international
destinations have chosen to pass smoking bans in their communities. This makes
Tempe a leader on a local level and not simply a follower. That
in line with our reputation as a progressive and inclusive city. It is a pleasure
going into restaurants and bars without smelling like a cigarette afterward.
Our residents and visitors feel the same and there has not been any negative
'backlash' for the ban."
-Stephanie Nowack, President and CEO, Tempe (AZ) Convention and Visitors Bureau18
- "We [the Chamber of Commerce] were trying to look what was best for
our members and what was best for the community. We felt, again, the health
issues [sic] was an important issue we needed to address because even our
smaller members are affected by this [secondhand smoke] one way or another."
-Dave Long, Executive Vice President, Crawfordsville/Montgomery County (IN) Chamber of Commerce19
- "We believe that this piece of legislation
has reasonable controls
and is responsible in terms of really making a difference in the community
and ultimately helping us reach our vision of becoming an economic hot spot."
- Steve Higdon, President, Greater Louisville (KY) Inc.20
- "The facts prove that banning smoking in public places will not adversely
affect business. In fact, one year after New York City enacted its smoking
ban, business activity actually increased in restaurants and bars and 10,000
jobs were added. We understand the angst of some establishment owners, but
we truly believe that this will be positive for businesses in Philadelphia,
both in terms of bottom-line performance and the related health benefits to
patrons and employees. This is both a sound business position and a serious
public health concern. From the Chamber's standpoint, it makes sense to support
a smoking ban. I applaud the Mayor and the Councilman Nutter for their farsighted
leadership on this matter."
-Mark Schweiker, President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia (PA) Chamber of Commerce21
- Bloomington and Monroe County, IN enacted 100% smokefree laws. "First,
supporting and enacting public smoking bans is good public policy for a number
of excellent health, economic and liability reasons. The latter reason is
one that few businesses have thought about. I believe businesses that continue
to allow smoking risk lawsuits for exposing employees/customers to known carcinogens.
One simply cannot rationally argue against these reasons and businesses are
placing themselves in economic peril
[I]n spite of gloomy predictions,
the world does not end when smoking is banned in public places. On the contrary,
while the evidence is still being gathered, some Bloomington bars and restaurants
are reporting increases in post-ban business
[I] believe Chamber endorsement
of the ban provided the 'tipping point' stimulus that gave lawmakers the necessary
political shelter to vote for the ban
We certainly gained community respect."
-Steve Howard, President, Greater Bloomington (IN) Chamber of Commerce22
- "Secondhand smoke is a real danger
I know some of us in the business
community were given pause by this new [100% smokefree] ordinance. After all,
new mandates too often can raise costs, interfere with productivity and intrude
unnecessarily on the private sector. But I want to suggest that stopping smoking
and demanding clean air are business issues. Nothing is better for business
than a healthy, productive work force
. In business, we recognize that
it is essential today to create a workplace culture that values employees.
We ought to be clear that we also value the health of our employees
We should be proud that we live in a community that is leading the way in
the push for a better, healthier quality of life. Together we are creating
the workplace we all want for the future."
-Jim Hinton, Chair, Albuquerque (NM) Chamber of Commerce23
- "Everybody knows it's coming, it's a non-issue to a great extent."
The article added, "A recent survey showed 85 percent of Chamber members
responding support a complete ban."
-Scott McCammon, Executive Director, Burlington (Ontario, Canada) Chamber of Commerce24
- Regarding a Boulder, Colorado, smokefree air ordinance: "Initially,
a couple of businesses may have been affected. But our restaurant and bar
business is so vital that I think it actually made it stronger."
-Stan Zemler, President of the Boulder (CO) Chamber of Commerce25
- "[A]t the time the ordinance was presented, we [the Chamber of Commerce]
were extremely wary of it. We feared that the ban on smoking would cost the
community revenue, jobs, tax dollars, tourists and tourist-generated income.
We ended up coming out in support of the ordinance, seeing it as a leap of
faith that wouldn't hurt business. Suffice it to say, our initial fears were
unfounded and today, I'm pleased to report that the effects have been extremely
-David Garth, President/CEO of the San Luis Obispo (CA) Chamber of Commerce26
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- Milz, M., "Council fails to override mayor's smoking ban," WTHR.com, February 13, 2012.
- Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association, "ICVA supporting smoking ban," InsideINdianaBusiness.com, December 9, 2011.
- Howlett, R., "State chamber president backs workplace smoking ban," WFPL, October 19, 2011.
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- Jarosz, F., "Why Indy's behind the pack: streak of individualism, lack of a health culture block smoking ban," Indianapolis Star, November 1, 2009.
- Ponton, T., "Myrtle Beach chamber stays neutral in public smoking debate," scnow.com, July 26, 2007.
- Varghese, A., "Smoking ordinance gains steam," Lookout News, December 13, 2007.
- Sunnucks, M., "Tempe Chamber, restaurant group back total smoking ban," Business Journal of Phoenix, October 4, 2006.
- Greater Houston Partnership. "Partnership Supports Smoke-Free Ordinance in Houston." Press Release. September 6, 2006.
- [n.a.], "Beaumont Chamber of Commerce supports smoking ban," KBTV NBC 4, March 20, 2006.
- [n.a.], "House prepares for vote on smoking ban," TheWMURChannel.com, March 8, 2006.
- McBride, M., "Chamber backs curbs on smoking," Star Press, January 14, 2006.
- Leahy, S., "I-901: Good for Business in Washington," Healthy Indoor Air Washington, November 3, 2005.
- Maurer, M., "[Letter to Greenfield City Council re: smokefree ordinances.]," October 7, 2005.
- Nowack, S., "[President and CEO of Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau re: Letter to Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director of ANR.]," [n.s.], June 22, 2005.
- [n.a.], "Chamber of Commerce Gets Involved in Smoking Ban Debate," WLFI-Lafayette (IN), June 17, 2005.
- Gerth, J. "Chamber to back smoke ban: Business group's stance is new," Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal, June 4, 2005.
- [n.a.], "Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Supports City Council Bill to Ban Smoking in Public Places," PRNewswire, March 4, 2005.
- Howard, S.,. "[Letter to whom it may concern re: Smoking Bans are Good]," [n.s.], February 1, 2005.
- Hinton, J., "Stopping smoking is a business matter," Business Outlook, July 22, 2004.
- Smith, D., "Workplace smoking ban a 'non-issue' for local business," Burlington Post, October 28, 2002.
- Sovak, K., "Clearing the air: restaurant owners divided over no smoking issue," Minot Daily News Online, March 28, 2001.
- Garth, D., "Letter to Nebraska Senators from San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce in favor of Smokefree Legislation," January 29, 2001.