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In Barrooms, Smoking Ban Is Less Reviled

Publication Date: 2/6/2005
  • Author:JIM RUTENBERG and LILY KOPPEL
  • Publication:New York Times

Asked last week what he thought of the now two-year-old ban, Mr. McBratney sounded changed. "I have to admit," he said sheepishly, "I've seen no falloff in business in either establishment." He went on to describe what he once considered unimaginable: Customers actually seem to like it, and so does he...

a review of city statistics, as well as interviews last week with dozens of bar patrons, workers and owners, found that the ban has not had the crushing effect on New York's economic, cultural and political landscapes predicted by many of its opponents.