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    Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    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.

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

    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.

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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.

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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.
    Nevada. -- Those casinos aren't going to ban smoking. Gamblers are obsessive-compulsives. Take away their smoking they'll be spending all their time on the sidewalks.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Nevada. -- Those casinos aren't going to ban smoking. Gamblers are obsessive-compulsives. Take away their smoking they'll be spending all their time on the sidewalks.
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    Re: Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    Places of adult social gatherings should have the right to choose whether they allow smoking. Once they've done that, they should have the right to decide if they want separated smoking or wherever smoking. Whatever they choose should be clearly posted outside somehow like menus are and occupancies, and on ad materials, so potential customers can vote with their patronage.
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    Re: Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    I think the restaurants should have the choice as suits their business. That said, I believe the states should regulate the HVAC systems required for those who choose to be smoking allowed establishments.

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

    No, keep the law as it is now. Second hand smoke is not okay.
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    Re: Should cigarette smoking be allowed in some bars & restaurants?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Nevada. -- Those casinos aren't going to ban smoking. Gamblers are obsessive-compulsives. Take away their smoking they'll be spending all their time on the sidewalks.
    We did exempt Casinos because the edginess of smoking is integral to their function. Twice, we had Casinos that were smoke-free and they quickly closed their doors. But inside the Casino, the restaurants are strictly NON-SMOKING.

    Casinos are our only major industry. This isn't some kind of payoff thing. It was a thought through decision.

    So many CA people have moved here and brought their attitudes with them. So, we found a sort-of win-win compromise.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    No, keep the law as it is now. Second hand smoke is not okay.
    The only place that would be an issue is for employees, customers have the free choice to leave or not show up in the first place knowing it's a smoking allowed establishment. For employees, there are great HVAC systems that have ben available for years that keep even smoking establishments largely smoke free.

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