Normal latest city to ban smoking in public places

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Smoking will be banned next year in virtually all indoor public places in this central Illinois city, despite concerns that businesses could suffer if neighboring Bloomington enacts a less restrictive ban.
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Bill Hannegan

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May 3, 2006
 
How does a twit like Councilman Adam Nielsen suddenly know more about the bar business than Bill Sheridan of Foul Shots? Poor Foul Shots will really get hammered since Bloomington is likely to reject a smoking ban. Nielsen is just spouting the line fed to him by the American Cancer Society, a group quite willing to push twisted statistics on a gullible politician in order to outlaw smoking in America.
Retired2005

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May 3, 2006
 
A number of Moose lodges were forced to go non smoking. Initially, business dropped off in the bar and dining areas, but once families learned that they could take their children to a smoke free environment and enjoy evenings together, business not only resumed, but became better than it was when smoking was permitted.

Being a reformed smoker, I'll not patronize any place of business that permits smoking... can't stand the odor any longer and I know from discussions with other former smokers, many feel the same way. It will all even out in the end, I think because eventually smokers will be in such a minority that they will no longer matter in the large scheme of things.
Bill Hannegan

Saint Louis, MO

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May 3, 2006
 
Smokers are not a minority in many bars. I doubt that Bill Sherican would be reassured by your post.
revlee

Trenton, NJ

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May 3, 2006
 
Retired2005 wrote:
A number of Moose lodges were forced to go non smoking. Initially, business dropped off in the bar and dining areas, but once families learned that they could take their children to a smoke free environment and enjoy evenings together, business not only resumed, but became better than it was when smoking was permitted.
Being a reformed smoker, I'll not patronize any place of business that permits smoking... can't stand the odor any longer and I know from discussions with other former smokers, many feel the same way. It will all even out in the end, I think because eventually smokers will be in such a minority that they will no longer matter in the large scheme of things.
I've been a member of the Loyal Order of Moose for 22 years. You are aware that Mooseheart's goal is tho have the lodges become Moose Family Centers. It is also the desire of the Moose that these centers be primarily non-smoking. If our elected Moose officers at any level (national state district or local lodge) vote for a smoke-free environment, I fully support them. My argument is, here in the State of New Jersey, the government feels it has a right to dictate the bylaws of the fraternity. The Loyal Order of Moose is a private organization. With the new state law banning smoking in our lodge, it has the effect of saying that certain members (smokers) may not sit at the bar with other members (non-smoking members) even if those members do not find smoking offensive to them. I call this enforced discrimination. I'm a non-smoker and since this law went into effect over 2 weeks ago, many of my smoking friends have stopped comming out.
get it

Smyrna, TN

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Nov 2, 2008
 
Normal was one of the first cities in IL to go smoke free. Now the entire state is smoke free. Progress marches on.

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get it wrote:
Normal was one of the first cities in IL to go smoke free. Now the entire state is smoke free. Progress marches on.
Yes and they changed their name to Abby-normal. I would hardly call Nazi Germany 1940 progress ... but some people live in the past!

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