They have in Colorado. Now the entire state is “smoke free” except in certain places such as cigar bars, DIA international airport smoking lounges and oddly…gambling parlors. Even if there is a public function outdoors, you must stand 50 feet away from the seating areas.
I used to smoke, but not any more, so, I kind of like being able to go out and not come home smelling like a cigarette. But, I also think it was unfair to businesses that risked investment, suddenly to have the rules of the game change.
A local bowling alley had put in place a $50,000 ventilation system to keep the air clean, but, his customers still have to go outside to smoke. Still another local bar, has set up closed circuit TV, to keep an eye out on the street for approaching police. They smoke, even the waitresses, until they see a cop.
How do you feel about this new trend in society? Is second hand smoke truly a public health hazard or have the rising numbers of non-smokers just finally got big enough to push their weight around? How has it affected your local bars and restaurants?