Public debates smoking ban idea

Mar 15, 2011 Full story: The Index Journal

Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams, left, sets some ground rules as city councilwoman Betty Boles listens Monday during a public hearing regarding a potential ordinance that would ban smoking in restaurants and bars in the city limits.

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i love frank sinatra

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#1 Mar 15, 2011
Simple solution:
Why can't owners of establishments that want to allow smoking simply put a sign at the enterance stating:'Smoking Allowed Here',-then those that would prefer a smoke-free environment can simply go somewhere else? Certainly there would be many, many other places to go.
Aimee

United States

#2 Mar 15, 2011
"I Love Frank Sinatra"...sounds good to me..It even worked in Vegas, and that is a town where they thought "no smoking areas" would not go over well at all!
The Smokers can have their spot, and we can have ours..I have even had smokers tell me they hate the smell, and stinch it leaves, and therefore don't even smoke in their own cars, or homes..Go figure..Everyone is catching on! Yea!!!
And thereby keeping "our little people" from having it in their little faces.. I am so happy that it seems like the public is finally realizing the horrible effects of smoking..
Smoke Free Bars

Atlanta, GA

#3 Mar 16, 2011
i love frank sinatra wrote:
Simple solution:
Why can't owners of establishments that want to allow smoking simply put a sign at the enterance stating:'Smoking Allowed Here',-then those that would prefer a smoke-free environment can simply go somewhere else? Certainly there would be many, many other places to go.
So should we let the owners decide everything? Are you joking? Are they the experts on everything? Abolish the hundreds of codes, ordinances, and laws that the business owners have to follow to keep their doors open to the public. How about you live near a bar and the owner decides to play loud music all night. He can hang a sign on the window, "We play loud music all night".

The fire codes state your bar can occupy 100 guests, hell the owner thinks he can hold 500 guests. Sure why not, there won't be a fire, or other emergency, just ask the owner. He's out to make a buck and will take the risk.

These laws are being passed to protect the employees of all businesses, employees of bars and restaurants are not second class citizens and shouldn't have to base their employment on YOUR SMOKING HABIT. It's your habit, Keep it outside!!!
exu

Sumaré, Brazil

#4 Mar 16, 2011
In Amsterdam there are the infamous cannabis coffeeshops and they are causing less controversy than this smoking ban issue.lol. btw since the smoking ban in europe there is actually an undercover police taskforce going round the 'coffeeshops' to make sure nobody is smoking tobacco on the premises,only cannabis.lol.
hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#5 Mar 16, 2011
Aimee wrote:
"I Love Frank Sinatra"...sounds good to me..It even worked in Vegas, and that is a town where they thought "no smoking areas" would not go over well at all!
You obviously haven't heard of the casino-workers in Vegas who die of smoking-driven diseases, or the casinos that are doing away with smoking entirely. It DIDN'T work. That's why there are a growing number of communities where it is no longer an option.

Nashville permits managers of venues where minors are excluded 24/7 to decide whether to allow smoking. It isn't pretty.

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