I certainly hope not, but I discussed the impact of the new no smoking law in Michigan on the center's bowling business where I bowl at. They are scared that they will lose bowlers who simply will use no smoking as an excuse not to bowl anymore. Anyway, where's the article:
The announcement last week that Michigan will, as of next May, become one of the last states to enact a statewide smoking ban has been met with much discussion. (12 states will still have no statewide ban.)
According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, as of Oct. 2009, 71 percent of the American population lives under a ban on smoking in "workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars, by a state, commonwealth, or local law," though only 41.2 percent live under bans in all workplaces, restaurants, and bars.
Bowling centers will be directly affected by the new Michigan law. Some think it will be another blow to already dwindling bowling membership numbers. Still others feel that smoking in bowling centers is what drove many bowlers away and some of those will return to a non-smoking environment.
With the economy down, many bowlers chose to eliminate a second night of bowling because the leisure time funds were just not available. Still others eliminated bowling altogether for similar reasons.
Let's look at bowling costs.
Most league weekly fees are $10 to $12 a week, with an annual $17 to $21 membership fee. Over the course of a September through April bowling season, that equates roughly to $350 to $400 annually, some of which you receive back in the form of a banquets, point money, and/or trophies.
As for the cost of smoking, let's only look at the actual cost of retail cigarettes, using $5 a pack as a round value, and smoking one pack a day. This equates to roughly $150 monthly/$1,800 annually.
This is obviously a skewed equation because some of the cost of bowling is for other purchases like food, drink, and equipment, but you can't put a price on the positive aspects of bowling either. (Friendships and socializing)
One can argue that much of the cost of smoking occurs later in healthcare-related expenses and, in addition, I don't believe bowling has ever been listed as a related cause of death. Also, I would think, proprietors should be able to reduce their liability insurance costs.
So, for the 2010-2011 season, league bowlers who currently smoke have a "quitting" decision to make. I know it's not just a financial decision, but I hope all bowlers come back to meet those bowlers returning to a non-smoking environment.