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View Poll Results: Smoking in Restaurants
Yes 9 15.00%
No 51 85.00%
The whole place should be smoking 0 0%
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  #2  
May 9th, 2007, 08:58 AM
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I think there should be a smoking section, yes. Not the entire restaurant though.
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May 9th, 2007, 09:00 AM
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No, no and no again! A person's right to breathe fresh, clean air far supercedes a smoker's need to puff!
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May 9th, 2007, 09:18 AM
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Absolutely NO, and I'm really curious as to what the argument for YES would be. I'm an ex-smoker (12 years, until I found out I was pregnant) and I had absolutely no problem either waiting to smoke or stepping outside. Why would anyone want to subject other people to their bad habit if it could be avoided?
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May 9th, 2007, 09:23 AM
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No, not in a restaurant. I'm a smoker but I don't want to smoke around my or others' food, gross! We always sit in non-smoking. Bars are a different story but that's another debate.
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May 9th, 2007, 09:34 AM
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I think if its a restraunt, NO SMOKING, if its a bar and grill, after a certain time smoking allowed AT THE BAR (like maybe 10 pm), and if its a bar exclusivly smoking should be allowed in at least an area if not the whole thing.
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May 9th, 2007, 09:36 AM
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I get irritated at bars, because I'd like a nice drink too, sometimes just that and no dinner, so why should I be forced to breathe that crap if I want a drink, but not for dinner?
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No, not in a restaurant. I'm a smoker but I don't want to smoke around my or others' food, gross! We always sit in non-smoking. Bars are a different story but that's another debate.[/b]
What about when there is a bar inside the restaurant? Should smoking be allowed in the bar area?
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No, no smoking in restaurant bars. But if it is a bar ONLY, I think that they should allow smoking. In Baltimore, legislation was just passed that there can be NO smoking in bars, even if the bar wants to allow it. Most of the bar owners are pissed because this will put a huge dent in their business, and even though the bill was supposedly passed "to protect servers and bartenders from second hand smoke", most of them didn't want to see it passed b/c they knew their business would suffer for it. I think they should have the option of allowing smoking in their bar or choosing to run a non-smoking bar. Or if the place is big enough, have one area of the bar that's smoking and separate it from the non-smoking area.
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May 9th, 2007, 09:42 AM
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Cigarette smoke drives my allergies crazy. I don't think it should be allowed in restaurants because it is impossible to contain.

Lucky for me NJ passed a law last year that bans smoking in most public places such as restaurants and bars. You can not smoke in a bar period! Before that I used to eat in Delaware (I am only about 5 minutes from there) because they enacted this law several years ago.

I don't believe that a smoker has the right to pollute my lungs!
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May 9th, 2007, 09:47 AM
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Same here where I live, no smoking anywhere
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May 9th, 2007, 09:48 AM
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I get irritated at bars, because I'd like a nice drink too, sometimes just that and no dinner, so why should I be forced to breathe that crap if I want a drink, but not for dinner?[/b]

Come on Lauren! If you're going to drink you GOTTA smoke too! Thats a prerequesite! They go hand in hand Everyone knows that

Well, generally speaking I think there should be smoking sections in bars out of consideration. That or certain bars are smoking some are not. I know know, its a lose lose situation it seems. Around here in Jan they said no smoking in bars at all, and there has been MAJOR problems becuase of it. There are even bars who are advertising (not publically, but its known) that they will allow smoking even though its against the law. They are willing to pay the fines to get the buisiness.
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No, not in a restaurant. I'm a smoker but I don't want to smoke around my or others' food, gross! We always sit in non-smoking. Bars are a different story but that's another debate.[/b]
What about when there is a bar inside the restaurant? Should smoking be allowed in the bar area?
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No, not at all. I'm from Vancouver BC, where there has been no smoking allowed indoors for some time, and it has not stopped people from going to the bar. Smoking is not a basic necessity and right - breathable air is.
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May 9th, 2007, 09:56 AM
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No...I live in Southern Ontario and smoking has been banned in ALL public areas that are indoors. That includes restuarants, bars, bingo halls, places of employment, malls, etc (basically anywhere that is indoors).

We've been smoke free in my city since 2000 and sure there were some smokers who were upset but you learn to deal with it. As a smoker you can choose what air to breath, but as a non-smoker I don't have a choice when somebody near me lights up.

I can't tell you how nice it is to come from from being out for dinner and not having the smell of smoke in my clothes or hair, or my food food for that matter. Even with a smoking section, the second hand smoke still creaps over to the non-smokers section.

It's worked for us and we even have a huge international festival where beer and smoking goes hand-in-hand (Octoberfest) and they even survived and haven't seen a decline in attendance.

Bottom line...it can be done and it's worked for us for over 7yrs!
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May 9th, 2007, 10:01 AM
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No...I live in Southern Ontario and smoking has been banned in ALL public areas that are indoors. That includes restuarants, bars, bingo halls, places of employment, malls, etc (basically anywhere that is indoors).

We've been smoke free in my city since 2000 and sure there were some smokers who were upset but you learn to deal with it. As a smoker you can choose what air to breath, but as a non-smoker I don't have a choice when somebody near me lights up.

I can't tell you how nice it is to come from from being out for dinner and not having the smell of smoke in my clothes or hair, or my food food for that matter. Even with a smoking section, the second hand smoke still creaps over to the non-smokers section.

It's worked for us and we even have a huge international festival where beer and smoking goes hand-in-hand (Octoberfest) and they even survived and haven't seen a decline in attendance.

Bottom line...it can be done and it's worked for us for over 7yrs![/b]

It is the same here. People complained at first and some businesses cried that they'd lose business. Business never changed. If people want to go out to eat, shop, or go to a bar they are still going to do it whether they can smoke or not. If there is no smoking anywhere what other choice do they have?
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May 9th, 2007, 10:06 AM
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I voted no. If people want to risk their health by smoking they can feel free to do so, just not in a public place where their habit is affecting other people's health. And why is it that so many people make such a discernment between smoking being allowed in a restaurant vs. in a bar?? The principle of the matter is the same whether you're at a bar, primarily drinking, or a restaurant, primarily eating. The issue at hand is simply the right to breathe clean air in a public place, is it not?
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May 9th, 2007, 10:17 AM
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I'm happy to see all of the "no" replies here! I totally agree with Lauren about the bars though. Any public place indoors should be non-smoking I think. Between allergies and asthma, I seriously can't breathe around cigarette smoke. Why should a person who WANTS to smoke have more rights than a person who NEEDS to breathe? It just doesn't make any sense to me.
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I also dont agree with it harming the people who work there. I know they always have a choice where they work, and some dont care, but even if they dont care, its affecting their health
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