This is a follow up to my previous post. You already know my position, but what about everyone else?
I posed the question of smoking bans in strip clubs on the largest stripper and exotic dancer message boards on the Web – StripperWeb.com – and received interesting feedback. In a poll of 28 users, 19 (67.86%) said they would support a smoking ban in their strip club. Only 7 users (25%) said they would not. The other 2 voters were indifferent.
Those who supported the ban had numerous reasons, but the majority of them were health-related. The long-term consequences associated with second-hand smoke was the number one reason for supporting the idea of a smoking ban. Other users said a smoky atmosphere made them uncomfortable. Some commented that smoke made their eyes burn and irritated their skin. Others said the smell was the biggest factor.
Those who opposed the idea were mainly concerned with a drop off in business. Many customers, they said, were ‘social smokers’ and enjoyed smoking while drinking. Others, who were smokers themselves, disliked the idea of having to go outside to smoke. They proposed smoking and non-smoking sections of the club, although it’s difficult to keep smoke confined to one area.
The majority of people polled at Stripper Web were strippers. But what about customers?
I dug up a couple of threads (here and here) from TUSCL, the largest social review site for strip clubs and community for strip club customers, and found nearly the same results. The majority of customers support smoking bans in strip clubs. Some customers fear the health risks, while others hate the smell and having to wash their clothes when they get home (or that their wife will smell the smoke on them and become suspicious). The customers who opposed the smoking bans were mostly smokers themselves. One user made the comment about the dangers of second-hand smoke being government propaganda to promote an anti-smoking agenda, which is I’ll just say is ridiculous.