N.J.'S Smoking Ban Hurts Restaurant, Bar Sales

Apr 9, 2007 Full story: wcbstv.com

“It's hard to quantify lives saved and illnesses avoided.”

The statewide indoor public smoking ban enacted a year ago is hurting businesses to the point that they have to close, state business leaders say.

The New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act, passed last year by legislators, prohibits cigar, cigarette and pipe smoking in restaurants, bars, private office buildings and other indoor places. It was designed to protect workers from second-hand smoke.

But as the first anniversary of the legislation approaches, Deborah Dowdell, president of the New Jersey Restaurant Association said hundreds of restaurants, bars and taverns have seen sales cut in half while others will be forced to close. Read more

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Patti Gajewski

Norwalk, CT

#1 Apr 24, 2007
I recently took a position I've been at for 3 weeks now this week 4/24. My head hurts and eyes burn from the chain smoker downstairs. It is a mom & pop shop a welding place in South Plainfield, NJ and there are numerous signs up of NO SMOKING. The owners haven't done anything about this guy cause he's been there for 10 years and he is one of their draftsman. I can't breathe, and the headaches are getting worse,the smoke rises as we sit on top of him 1 level up, even with the windows open I smell like a bar when I walk out of there.

I like the place, but how can I keep my job if I can't breathe & have constant headaches? Any suggestions?

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