Columbia Smoking Ban Violators Face $...

Columbia Smoking Ban Violators Face $500 Fine

There are 135 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from May 20, 2008, titled Columbia Smoking Ban Violators Face $500 Fine. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

The city council on Wednesday is expected to approve a no smoking ordinance that would penalize anyone who smokes in a restaurant or bar.

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Since: Jul 07

San Antonio, TX

#1 May 20, 2008
YES YES YES! PLEASE pass this bill so I can enjoy my food at a restaurant without having to smell disgusting cigarette smoke!

Since: Jul 07

San Antonio, TX

#2 May 20, 2008
well, ordinance, bill, whatever it's called, just pass it!
Liontamer

Columbia, SC

#3 May 20, 2008
Complete and utter nonsense, let the business owners decide whether or not they should have a smoking section. Patrons will vote with their pocketbook and simply choose not to frequent establishments with government regulations like this.
Lamigra

Columbia, SC

#4 May 20, 2008
I have started chewing plug tobacco after my meal now instead of lighting up. Only problem is they won't give me a spit cup so I use the plate or empty coffee cup.

“Raising a stink”

Since: Jun 07

North Myrtle Beach, SC

#5 May 20, 2008
It's about time! I have asthma and its hard to go out to enjoy a meal when you have to worry about secondhand smoke killing you (at least smokers have the filter). I believe that people should have the right to smoke all they want to in their own homes, but public places should have been off limits a long time ago.
underhay

Lexington, SC

#6 May 20, 2008
dang... i think my fine was less than that when i got busted smoking POT!
Glee

Lexington, SC

#10 May 20, 2008
Smokeing is still legal right? And can you all do something about the gas insted of make up problems ....

Since: May 08

Columbia, SC

#11 May 20, 2008
Liontamer wrote:
Complete and utter nonsense, let the business owners decide whether or not they should have a smoking section. Patrons will vote with their pocketbook and simply choose not to frequent establishments with government regulations like this.
I agree with you... I am a smoker and it seems like the non-smoker group has the upper hand on this. I feel if you dont want to smell the smoke---sit in non-smoking (no offense).. or enjoy a non-smoking establishment but a majority of people that go to the bars/clubs are smokers. I am a bartender and this will seriously hurt,$$ wise anyway. The way that the economy is now, it's only going to get worse. Thanks for

Since: May 08

Columbia, SC

#12 May 20, 2008
oh my bad, I meant to say thanks for reading...

“Don't Worry, Be Happy”

Since: Apr 07

Smile...Someone loves you!

#13 May 20, 2008
The smokers will now go to W. Cola. & Lexington.
jerry garcia

Lexington, SC

#14 May 20, 2008
Hile Hilter wrote:
<quoted text>
communism is a live and well
in South Carolina
they tell you what to do
when to do it
and how
I do not smoke
but now the communism
of SC says it 500 dollars
if you do
the Third Reich is here
I say HILE Hilter
hey, danni, what's happening?
underhay

Lexington, SC

#15 May 20, 2008
Johnny Dollar wrote:
The smokers will now go to W. Cola. & Lexington.
oh no! that is where all the meth-heads are!

“Please don't feed the trolls.”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#16 May 20, 2008
And she couldn't even spell her login correctly! LMAO!

It's "Heil", not "Hile".

If you are going to be a bigot, get your terminology straight.

“Please don't feed the trolls.”

Since: Apr 08

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#17 May 20, 2008
As for the smoking thing, I agree that it ought to be up to the business owners.

BUT...

Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a pissing section in a swimming pool. Disgusting!
jerry garcia

Lexington, SC

#18 May 20, 2008
The Real Lori wrote:
As for the smoking thing, I agree that it ought to be up to the business owners.
BUT...
Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a pissing section in a swimming pool. Disgusting!
pissing section? now that's funneh!
OMY

Columbia, SC

#19 May 20, 2008
I can agree to restaurants with no smoking but BARS pleease!!!!
One Love

Columbia, SC

#20 May 20, 2008
Good, I feel great now...
I can go out a eat and be smoke free, and healthy and walk outside and get shot by a Gang Banger rolling around looking for someone to shoot...

WOW da metro really got their priorities in order
Willie D

Swansea, SC

#21 May 20, 2008
Is there a clause in there for Cigar bars like there is in Charleston?
rayjc1950

United States

#22 May 20, 2008
It is not up to the government to dictate the actions of others. Owners should have the right to decide if they want smoking in their establishments or not. With this choice, then I can make my choice to enter or not!!

“Please don't feed the trolls.”

Since: Apr 08

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#23 May 20, 2008
Do they have any here?

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