According to Westport leader and merchant Bill Nigro, the KC Star is not telling you the entire story when it comes to the smoking ban in Kansas City.
"They are not telling you the truth," said Nigro, following his meeting with The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Nigro felt that after reading the Star’s Saturday front page story, they left out most of what he explained at the event.
The Star story indicated that the no smoking law had NO economic impact on business.
Nigro said in front of the media, "It’s effected many jobs, people are now out of work because of the it. More important, the city allows people to smoke at the Power and Light District, which it owns. Worse yet, they ALLOW SMOKING IN ALL CASINOS.
Guess they don’t care about your health there, huh?
The ban has dropped bar business by half in spots like Westport, Dave’s Stagecoach Inn and Kelly’s," Nigro said.
None of this made the front page story.
Nigro feels the issue is all about money and where the city will allow the law and where they won’t, not about your "good health."
"For God’s sake I don’t even smoke, but many people who go out after 10 p.m. do and they want to smoke in the bars, not outside in the cold like animals. It’s not fair that the Casinos can provide smoking and the rest of the bars outside Power and Light can and everybody else can’t," Nigro continued.
Nigro’s joke: "Hey Mister Bartender, I’m out late trying to have unprotected sex with a strange woman I will meet and know for one hour, and I’m trying to get drunk, and this damn guy is blowing smoke in my face."
Nigro feels its just another money grab by the city and covered up by local media and do-gooders to look like they care when really they don’t.