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    Re: Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    What I thought was hysterical was having lunch in Washington DC in the office where our representative was. They had a huge cafeteria, but inside there was a smoking section. As I recall, it was a glass enclosed room that totally segregated the smokers. The workers never went in that I saw. We were about 10 feet away, and when they opened the door, smoke was not pouring out, so it must have had a halfway decent exhaust fan - although you could clearly smell the smokers as they passed

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    Re: Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    Most states have blanket bans against smoking in all bars and restaurants. No exceptions. As a result, you often see smokers huddled in small groups outside partaking in cigarettes.

    I am not, and have never been, a smoker but to me this in inherently unfair. IMO, the state should set aside special permits for a small percentage of bars and restaurants where smoking be allowed. To pick a number, I would say 10% to 15% of bars and restaurants should be allowed to have smoking inside. Have them post a large sign at each entrance notifying potentials customers, so everyone is fully informed and able to make their own choice. No one needs to go in and act surprised.

    I don't see the need to make them age-restricted to 18+ or 21+, but I could live with that compromise.

    What think you?
    I think a bar or restaurant should be able to allow smoking if they choose. The only caveat I have is that they should be required to clearly state "This establishment allows smoking" so that people who are really bothered by it can go somewhere else.


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    Re: Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kreton View Post
    Where exactly do you draw the line at what the government should take care of for you? I don't see how the government should have the power to tell a business owner what he/she should allow in their business. I agree wholeheartedly that people should have the choice to eat there or not, but they should not be forced to conform their establishment simply because you dont like it. This crap is part of a much larger picture where the government takes away peoples rights to choose. Like you said, they are making your choices for you.
    It's really a lazy and entitled mentality and when dealing with such shortsightedness things like "where does it end" don't really come into play. Please government save us from thinking, from intelligent consuming, from allowing others the choice to live their lives!

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    Re: Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    Most states have blanket bans against smoking in all bars and restaurants. No exceptions. As a result, you often see smokers huddled in small groups outside partaking in cigarettes.

    I am not, and have never been, a smoker but to me this in inherently unfair. IMO, the state should set aside special permits for a small percentage of bars and restaurants where smoking be allowed. To pick a number, I would say 10% to 15% of bars and restaurants should be allowed to have smoking inside. Have them post a large sign at each entrance notifying potentials customers, so everyone is fully informed and able to make their own choice. No one needs to go in and act surprised.

    I don't see the need to make them age-restricted to 18+ or 21+, but I could live with that compromise.

    What think you?
    I think tobacco should be classified as a harmful drug. In a perfect world I'd support outlawing it altogether. However, due to centuries of it being legal and being a realist I know that's not happening any time soon.

    - No smoking in public including outdoors and establishments that are open to the public.
    - No smoking in private if children are present.
    - No smoking in private in inclosed structures where children will be present within ???? unless there is code certified ventilation apparatus installed.
    - Smoking allowed in private homes, outdoors on private land, in private clubs not open to the public and in private vehicles (cars, boats, RVs etc.); provided second-hand smoke protections for children as described above are followed.
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    Re: Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    God forbid we let people make their own personal choices....

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    Re: Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    where i live, they can still smoke in most bars, though it has been banned in restaurants and within thirty feet of doorways.

    i used to get heated about this issue when i was in the cigarette trap myself. now i just don't want to be around it that much. sure, stay out of bars, i know. however, i play bar gigs, and then i have to inhale it. if i go into a bar in my town, it's an absolute pea soup of smoke. would i shed a tear if it was banned? no. however, i'm not one of those self righteous ex smokers who goes around chastising someone for smoking outside. i hate assholes who confront people like that.

    here's a compromise position :

    i've played many bars, and the problem is as much air circulation as it is the smoke itself. so, why not let bars install devices in smoking areas that suck out all of the smoke? it will be expensive, but if they want to allow it, they can invest the money and become the places that smokers gravitate to. exceptions : VFW and other private clubs for vets. they should be able to do whatever the **** they want, and honestly, the government should pay for the damned drinks. we sent them to war and included cigarettes in their rations. is it any wonder that they smoke? yeah, they earned the right to do that.

    about ten years ago, i would have raged against my even lukewarm support of a ban, but i've since learned that the habit is useless, and it was actually pretty easy to stop. to those who smoke now : don't worry, you won't miss it if you do it the right way. you don't even have to earn it like weight loss. once that last one is put out, you're instantly a nonsmoker and then you can go on about your life without carrying that parasite.

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    Re: Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    Yes, but only in 18+ establishments.

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    Re: Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil_Osophy View Post
    God forbid we let people make their own personal choices....
    We as a country never have, why would we start now

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    Re: Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil_Osophy View Post
    God forbid we let people make their own personal choices....
    Especially if their choices give other people cancer or create medical expenses other people will be expected to share. (facetiously speaking)
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    Re: Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    My state has been reasonable.

    Bars with little food can choose. Many restaurants share the building with the bar so people can eat in peace and drift over to the bar to smoke.

    For once, we NV got it fair and balanced.
    You do know that they are just protecting their casinos and smokers who lose a lot of money there. Can you imagine how much money they would lose if smoking was banned in the casinos?

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