March 2, 2007 § 9 Comments
According to yesterday’s edition of Cyberpresse, Quebec’s bars and restaurants have lost 38.5 million dollars in revenue since Bill 112 came into effect last June, triggering an industry-wide slump. Unsurprisingly, smokers are choosing to spend the winter months elsewhere, and their barstools have yet to be filled by their non-smoking counterparts.
Forgive me, but I told you so.
Of course, I don’t need Statistics Canada to tell me what I already know. Prior to the smoking ban, I would go out to my favourite bars, clubs, and cafés two or three times a week. Now, I have to force myself to go out two or three times a month. On these special occasions, I see incontrovertible evidence of the decline–empty tables, fewer staff, earlier closing times–and the cute bartender’s words start to drift back to me: “It’s hitting us hard…”