Indoor Smoking Ban

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By Eric Magill on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 11:31 am:

What do you think of the House's passage of a weakened indoor smoking ban? As someone who doesn't frequent bars and taprooms anymore but does eat out regularly, it seems to be a fairly reasonable revision.

Personally, I find it laughable when smokers complain about violations of their rights when they dispose of their ashes and butts on our roads rather than in their vehicles' ash trays, but business owners should have the right to decide what kinds of legal activities they want to allow in their establishments.

What do you think?

By gumshoe on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 11:46 am:

My understanding of the bill, is that smoking will be allowed in casinos and bars that serve alcohol only. I do go to bars that serve food, because I enjoy litefare and beer. I've noticed that some patrons are already sneaking smoking in the bar. Knowing the dangers of second hand smoke, I resent having to be exposed to it and its stink. Smokers need to be away from the general public when they're killing themselves and not take the rest of us with them, with their filthy stinky addiction.

By Itsathought on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 11:06 pm:

I am not a smoker, and I dont like to be around it either. However, I think that it is wrong to take the rights of a business to profit. I have seen nothing but ill effects financially from this ban. That includes not only businesses, but the states finances as well. Look at the revenue lost in the first quarter of the year..

By gumshoe on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 11:57 pm:

The two places that I frequent, have not lost their regular customers who smoke. They just go outside. I think one quarter of the year doesn't paint the whole picture. Maybe non-smokers ought to sit in clubs and pass gas on a regular basis, while smokers are trying to eat and see what effect that would have on businesses. Just think, it's not even lethal.

By George Hill on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 12:26 am:

Representative John Atkins,
I'm very sad when I read in the newspaper that you are voting to change the smoking ban. My family and I strongly support the ban and the Governor of the State on this matter.

I hope you will further look into the damages that smoking causes. My family and I enjoy going into Taverns and restaurants and casino's and not having to put up with the smell of smoking. We personally believe that 2nd had smoke is very damaging to your health.

Every day I see school age children smoking at bus stops and walking the streets, and I think that we should devote a lot more time and money to discourage this practice.

I voted for you with the hope, that you will represent us to your fullest.
Thank you
George and Joanne Hill

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