I have not been to a smoke-free community since smoking bans began taking effect but I have talked with a number of people who have. A friend just got back from California (where there is a statewide smoking ban) and he says the bar/nightclub he was in was packed. And his clothes and hair didn’t stink when he left. I hear similar things from others: business is fine without smoking. The grave concerns here are nothing more than provincial stupidity. Sorry, Springfield is not so culturally different from the rest of the country that it can not successfully accommodate smoke-free environments.
About 70 percent of Bloomington-Normal residents surveyed last week said they
want their respective city councils to prohibit smoking in restaurants.
…[Normal Mayor Chris] Koos pointed out that Normal can't address restaurants and bars separately because Normal liquor license holders are restaurant operations. He said a compromise may be allowing smoking after a specific hour when the establishments' kitchens close.
Tim Applegate, general manager of Ned Kelly's Steak House in Bloomington, said business is up since Ned Kelly's went 100 percent smoke-free in February.
He said waiting time is down on weekends and he is serving more customers because smokers leave immediately after their meal. Some nonsmokers have returned to the restaurant after staying away for several years when smoking was allowed, Applegate said.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
The Bloomington Pantagraph is reporting the cities of Bloomington and Normal are now considering smoking bans. Some interesting items from that article: