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Common Sense Alliance


Political Organization





Contact: Michael Davis


Communications and Outreach Director


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Petition to Amend the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act also know as HB 283





To: Governor Bill Richardson and the New Mexico Legislature:





We the undersigned concerned citizens of New Mexico bring you greetings and respectfully request the amendment of the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act also known as HB283. The current ban constitutes an onerous burden on businesses and will cause a significant loss of revenue for both business owners and the state due to lost tax revenue. Studies show that other state-wide smoking bans similar to the act do not alleviate the risks associated with smoking are responsible for lost jobs, lower income for employees business closures, and lost tax revenue.





I. Smoking bans, like the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act, arbitrarily confiscate the property rights of business owners, which result in tremendous harm to businesses that serve smokers and nonsmokers alike, including employee layoffs, lost sales reported as high as 50\%, and ultimately closures.





II. Smoking bans throughout the country that target full service restaurants as well as areas restricted to adults only i.e.: bars and nightclubs, have caused tremendous financial loss due to lost business. In the first year of its ban the city of Dallas, TX lost $11.8 million in revenue from beverage sales. Washington D.C. bar and restaurant owners report a 35 to 50\% drop in revenue. According to a recent National Study, restaurant retail revenue drops by an average of 25\% in states with highly restrictive smoking bans, except in Utah where the smoking population is well below the national average. On a brighter note: the study shows that states with reasonable smoking restrictions showed similar hospitality retail growth and restaurant revenue exhibited by states with no smoking restrictions.





III. Therefore: We the undersigned urge you to amend the Dee Johnson Clean indoor Air so that the rights of property owners, smokers and nonsmokers alike are protected. The amendment to the act should exempt taverns, bars, nightclubs and other areas restricted to patrons 18 and over from the smoking banwe ask that business owners throughout the state are afforded the same rights given to gaming halls, cigar bars and other currently exempt locations. We also ask that you exempt restaurants with separate, closed off and ventilated smoking areas. Numerous studies show that proper ventilation is highly effective at removing ETS and the very low risk posed to nonsmokers.





IV. Finally: adult smokers represent 24\% of the voting population. We are Democrats; we are Republicans; we are independents. We are organizing; we are active, and we will vote to bring common sense back to our government.























































































































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