Bowling Center and Association Quotes

July 6, 2017

Dennis Buck, Fourth Street Bowl, Joplin, MO

On reaction to a smokefree policy: "Awesome, we're getting overwhelming response, a lot of thank-you's. I mean, business is up family wise."

Quoted In:


Hyslip, A., "Fourth Street Bowl sees success after going non-smoking," fourstateshomepage.com, July 5, 2017.

Mike Nelson, Owner/Manager, Copperfield Bowl, Harris County, TX

Regarding implementing a smokefree policy: "We announced it last year so we could give our clients plenty of notice. We believe going smoke-free fits better with the family-friendly atmosphere we want to create. We don't expect to lose much business over it."

Quoted In:

Arrajj, S., "Smoking bans become more popular among Cy-Fair businesses," Community Impact Newspaper, February 19, 2014.


Garry Cobb, Manager, Lunar Bowl, Blue Springs, MO

"Over the past few years, as cities adjoining Blue Springs have issued non-smoking ordinances, more people have an expectation that drinking, dining and entertainment establishments be smoke free. As a family-friendly business, Lunar Bowl has an added responsibility not only to its customers but its employees, 30 percent of whom are in high school. The Lunar Bowl staff believes this will be a positive change for the health of our customers, our employees and our community."

Quoted In:

[n.a.], "Lunar Bowl will go smoke free in June," Examiner, April 17, 2013.


Jim Mellon, Owner, Midway Lanes, Mandan, ND

"In fact, we get a lot of compliments that we are not smoking throughout the whole place."

Quoted In:

Van Ells, M., "A smoke free Mandan bar weighs in," Bismarck Tribune, November 8, 2012.


Wasfi Samaan, Owner, JD Legends, Nicholasville, KY

"I should have done this years ago. I think everyone is better for it; I feel better; my employees feel better and are more productive, and when we come home after a long day, we all don't smell or feel like we smoked 40 packs of cigarettes."

Quoted In:

Rossi, B.S., "JD Legends hosts meeting of Smoke-Free Kentucky group," centralkynews.com, September 26, 2012.


Todd Bredar, Vice President, Stardust, IN

"We're thinking of putting benches outside. We have actually had more positive comments than negative. We had a lot of people quit bowling because of the smoke, and we hope to see a lot of them come back."

Quoted In:

Kiesling, M., "Smoke ban a strike with bowling folks," nwitimes.com, July 1, 2012.


Doug Moore, Manager, Kegler's sports bar and bowling alley, WV

Asked if Monongalia County, West Virginia's smokefree ordinance had been bad for business, Moore said, "Personally, I don't think it has. And through the numbers, it hasn't. I think it's actually brought some more people in."

Quoted In:

Rippin, K., "Monongalia County smoking ban check-in," WBOY.com, May 16, 2012.


Ted Smith, General Manager, Stadium Lanes Bowling Center, San Angelo, TX

"The smoking ban has not hurt us at all. In fact, I think it's helped us out."

Quoted In:

Rios, J., "San Angelo smoking ban one year later: haze lifted smoke still getting in some eyes," San Angelo Standard Times, February 4, 2012.


Steve Aemisegger, Owner, Hillside Lanes, MI

On voluntarily going smokefree: "I wish I had done it sooner. I got so tired of coming to work and breathing that stale smoke smell. I just thought for the longevity of the business, it was time for a change. Sometimes, a business has to reinvent itself. We did lose a few league bowlers, but what we gained in open bowling and outings far exceeded what we lost. Our total lineage was up for the past year. We're getting families back into the bowling center."

Quoted In:

Pryson, M., "Hillside Lanes ahead of the game after imposing smoking ban a year ago," Jackson Citizen Patriot, April 24, 2010.


Joyce Ann Hoagland, First Vice President of the State 600 Club

Regarding a smokefree policy adopted by the Bowl-O-Drome: "It's very clean looking, and eye-appealing. Being smoke-free is the best. It has enhanced the opportunity for more kids and families to come out and bowl."

Quoted In:

Lawrence, S., "Bowling is back," Ithaca Times, October 31, 2007.


Wayne Martin, Co-owner, Royal Crest Lanes, Lawrence, KS

“I thought our business would drop off the table, I truly did…[but] Our business has increased and that’s the surprising thing, and it’s a great thing because what we’re finding out is more people are bringing their families who wouldn't come in before because it smelled like smoke and they didn't want their kids around all that smoke but our open play business has increased…It’s kind of a blessing in disguise.”

Quoted In:

Thompson, B., "Smoke-free ordinances gaining steam," Kansas Public Radio, August 21, 2006.


Matt Cannizzaro, Spokesman, United States Bowling Congress

"I don't think the smoking ban deterred anyone from coming. (Bowlers) know the rules and I didn't hear any complaints."

Quoted In:

Aguilar, E., "Bowlers OK with ban on smoking: officials' conclusion after tournament - ordinance a non-issue," Corpus Christi Caller-Times, July 9, 2006.


Brian Lewis, Director, United States Bowling Congress

Lewis stated that bowlers as a whole are no more likely to smoke than members of the general public, and "we are a very grassroots sporting event."

Quoted In:

Aguilar, E., "Bowlers OK with ban on smoking: officials' conclusion after tournament - ordinance a non-issue," Corpus Christi Caller-Times, July 9, 2006


Kevin Erickson, Manager, Rim Country Lanes, Payson, Arizona

On the results of a voluntary smokefree policy: "We've had more people thank us. They say they'll be coming back because we're going smoke-free."

Quoted In:

Megdal, F., "Bowling alley bans smoking," Payson Roundup, May 9, 2006.


Paula Gaines, Owner, Totem Bowl in Kirkland, Washington

On the topic of her decision to make her bowling alley smokefree, with the exception of a smokers lounge: "A lot of people I talk to say they used to bowl but they don't go anymore because of the smoke. We have a lot of birthday parties and families come in here, and a lot of them just don't want to be around it."

Quoted in:

Timmerman, L., "Hate smoke? Then this is right up your alley," Seattle Times, August 22, 2000.


Vicki Maxwell, Manager, Galaxy Lanes in Kanawha City, West Virginia

On the possibility of the local board of health requiring that bowling alleys go smokefree, states, "Hallelujah. I have more complaints about smoking. I pray it will be changed."

Quoted In:

Cox, T.S., "Smokers' safe havens may be stamped out: health officials may strengthen ban on public smoking," Charleston Daily Mail, March 20, 2002.


Hall of Fame bowler Dave Husted, Owner, Milwaukee Bowl, Portland, Oregon

On his decision to prohibit smoking at Milwaukee Bowl, says it was a "push...we lost some smokers, but we regained some non-smokers."

Quoted In:

Evans, Dick, "Florida's Voters May Throw Bowling Industry A Gutter Ball In November," Indiana Bowling Centers Association Newsletter, Winter, 2002


Tom Romanik, Owner, Cloverleaf Lanes, Miami, Florida, Past President, Florida Bowling Proprietors Association

"I think the non-smoking law if it passes will be a good thing for bowling in the long run. Bowling is a healthy game, so I think we should provide the public with a healthy environment and let the chips fall where they may."

Quoted In:

Evans, Dick, "Florida's Voters May Throw Bowling Industry A Gutter Ball In November," Indiana Bowling Centers Association Newsletter, Winter, 2002


Dick Evans, Writer

Regarding smokefree bowling tournaments states, Mr. Evans writes, "[L]isten, both the American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress' national championship tournaments are drawing more and more entries despite the fact that the almost 100,000 contestants are not allowed to smoke during competition."

Quoted In:

Evans, Dick, "Florida's Voters May Throw Bowling Industry A Gutter Ball In November," Indiana Bowling Centers Association Newsletter, Winter, 2002


Monica Goettel, Spin Alley Bowling Center, Shoreline, Washington

"The biggest benefit that I have seen since becoming a smoke-free bowling center is that it is a place families enjoy coming to."

Quoted In:

Apa, J., Varahrami, M, "Public Health News Release," Seattle and King County Public Health, Public Health Tobacco Prevention Program, American Lung Association of Washington, Thursday, July 26, 2001.


John F. Berglund, Executive Director, Bowling Proprietors Association of America

In a list of 8 Quasi-Facts in a piece entitled "Beware of Smoking Bans" states,
"[N]on-smokers would welcome a change to a non-smoking environment and some will bowl more often as a result," as well as, "[T]he environmental impact of non-smoking on the lanes will be positive, as it relates to cleanliness and maintenance."

Quoted In:

Berglund, John, "Beware of Smoking Bans," Bowling Proprietors' Association of America Website, www.BPAA.com/SmokingBans.htm.
Note: The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) was a partner in Philip Morris's Options program.