While it may be your anecdotal evidence that the smoking ban DID NOT affect the hospitality industry, please allow me to provide you with direct
evidence to the contrary.
it would be expected of a smoking ban that smokers will continue to eat in restaurants for the simple reason that eating is a necessity. However, the
real story is what happened in liquor sales:
In Ontario - liquor is sold by the government through the liquor control board. As previously mentioned - the ban was enacted in July 2006.
Referring the Ministry of Finances watch what happens before the ban and after to liquor control board sales.
2005 -1,147 million
2006 - 1,197 million
2007 - 1,307 million
2008 - 1,374 million (interim)
2009 - 1,410 million (planned)
Do you think anybody in the hospitality sector missed liquor sales in the total of 263 million dollars? (Remember alcohol that sells in the liquor
store for $30 bucks is worth about $130 dollars in a bar - so 263 million = roughly 1,062 million) Think of all those lost tips!
Same trend shows for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission (In Canada - all casinos provide revenue directly to the government).
2005 - 2,027 million
2006 - 1,945 million
2007 - 1,857 million
2008 - 1,895 million (interim)
2009 - 1,966 million (planned)
Now those 2008 and 2009 numbers look very fishy to me in consideration of the recession that occurred. But I think you get the general idea. There
was no recession to affect these numbers in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
While there may still be a hospitality industry in Ontario - it is certainly not growing and thriving without liquor sales.
So tell me - there are many many people who work in very very dirty jobs including sewage treatment, minors etc and most of them earn less than a good
waiter once tips are included - and you think its emptying ashtrays is "too dirty" for waiters?
You all deserve to lose your tips!
TIRED OF CONTROL FREAKS