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Smoking ban takes it's toll on a Valdosta business

June 7, 2004

Valdosta - One Valdosta business owner says the smoking ban has cut into his revenue.

With the loss of regular customers, crowds have diminished to just a few patrons. Prior to the ban, the establishment would be filled to capacity and have a live band. Since the ban went into effect, employees were laid off and the entertainment was discontinued.

"We're not doing any business like we were. We're down over $101,000 in gross revenues since the ban started," said Charley O'Corley's owner Eric Saunders.

Saunders is in the process of securing a location in Remerton where there isn't a smoking ban, Sunday sales are allowed and the environment is described as business friendly.

Posted at 7:10PM by Armen Jeknavorian