Since Kansas City’s revenues are way down, it may be time to reconsider the smoking ban. People who resent being treated like second-class citizens are spending their money elsewhere.
What if the city were to enact a “smoking fee” to small bars that have less than 50 percent food revenues? The owner would get a choice, which is all they’ve ever asked for. Customers also would have a choice. People vote with their wallets. Most important, the city would get revenue from these fees that they currently are not getting.
Also, there’s no need to protect workers in the food service industry. There are plenty of jobs in this sector, and in the small ma and pa taverns, most of these people smoke anyway.
The city is losing a lot of money due to this ban.
Duane G. Whorton