On the one-year anniversary of Quebec's anti-tobacco law, we have this interesting story about local youth sporting groups losing money because of the downturn in bingo revenue. So they're asking the government to allow smoking in bingo halls, since it's just old people and all.
The key sentence is this:
Bingo accounts for 100 per cent of the organization's fundraising, Beaudoin noted.
Isn't it kind of silly for an organization to put all its fundraising eggs in one basket, especially when that basket has been on fire for a year now?
So because of this ban, fewer people are wasting their money on bingo, less alcohol is being consumed at bars, and less money is being fed into video lottery terminals. Isn't that a good thing?
These groups will just have to find other sources of revenue. Surely these old people will find other things to waste their money on, with all they're saving by not going to bingo, not drinking, not using VLTs and, of course, not smoking.