I always try to be considerate of other people when I smoke, and so do most of the people I know. I do not look to your channel to tell me when or how!!! Why do you not go after city buses and other forms of polluters that put out more smoke in one day, than I would in a life time? this makes me very angry! I am very aware of the harm of second hand smoke, but it does not take a rocket scientist to see that some are just against smokers no matter what. why do you not report on some of that! Before it is all over you may wish you had not opened this can of worms. HELLLLLLOOOO!!! We know the effects of tobacco!! (unsigned)
Being a Southner "The way we did it up north" usually turns me off to what follows, but in the case of a ban on smoking, the state of
My husband and I believe that smoking should be banned in all restaurants in every state. There is nothing worse than trying to enjoy a great meal, when the people around start lighting up those nasty, smelly cigarettes. I do not want to be inhaling second hand smoke and endanger my health.
Thank you. Dale & Pam Dykhuizen
We are a family that owns a restaurant in
To whom it may concern:
I think people should have a choice: Whether to eat at a smoking or a non-smoking restaurant. Let the restaurants decide if they are a smoking or non-smoking restaurant. That way it would be fair to everyone. Thank you, T. Tholen
Thank you for putting this idea out there. After spending considerable time in California where smoking is banned in all public places, I HATE coming back to NC and smelling like smoke every time I come out of a bar or popular restaurant. It’s time to stop killing innocent people by allowing secondhand smoke. Smoking is an archaic notion!!!
P.S. I feel I should mention that I am the granddaughter of a
Hoooray!!!! What would be any intelligent decision to permit smoking in any public place, not just restaurants????? My lungs work everywhere, so let's stop it in any public place where people are gathered. I think that an x-ray picture of smokers lungs should be a requirement on each package of tobacco sold. YUK!!! Dick Clark
Congratulations on an idea and a change that is long overdue. Since moving to the greater
I live in upper
law in all our Restaurants and just about anywhere else.
It is really pleasant to go out to eat and not smell the
stink of tobacco around you or in your clothes, because
five years ago my husband and I stopped smoking in one
day and have never missed it, so if we can live with out
other peoples smoke I'm sure they can learn to live with
out it to.
Keep up the good work and hope you make it happen.
Annette Van Apperloo
There should be a ban on smoking especially in public places. We are all for a ban.
My wife and I agree with you completely. Even with smoking sections the air is still contaminated with second-hand smoke, so we only frequent restaurants with no smoking allowed. If such a smoking ban were implemented we would be able to visit any restaurant without fear of second-hand smoke ruining our meal. Thomas M. McLamb
I personally think if people choose to slowly kill themselves, that’s their right, but they shouldn't be allowed to smoke around others who do not want to be around smoke. Eating establishments most of all. I have decided alot to stay away from public restaurants because of the smoke, makes us sick! We are all for banning smoking in public restaurants! Kelly Hines
As a non-smoker I appreciate the consideration shown for no-smoking restrictions in public areas. There is however the question of an individual right to choose their own lifestyle. I see a continual trend in the government’s intrusion into our personal lives. I think in the case of dining facilities I would suggest that the proper approach would be to allow the present rules to remain, that is to have set aside areas for smoking and non-smoking. The present problem with the existing rules is that there never has been a requirement for an exhaust air system in the smoking section.
Fans with the proper cfm airflows for the area size, exhausting out of the building are necessary. Facilities should be allowed to decide for themselves whether they wish to allow smoking or be smoke free. If they decide to maintain an area for smokers then they need to fully comply with such an arrangement. We will never legislate smoking out of our culture any more than we have been able to legislate illegal drugs. People who want to smoke will smoke.....They are willing to ignore the health risks. The best we can hope for is to safeguard ourselves from them without legislating their lives away.
Absolutely think smoking should be banned from all public places. Harriet Schroeder
I moved to
It's about time someone recognized the fact that just because restaurants have separate smoking/non-smoking sections doesn't mean much! Most places the smoke permeates everywhere in the building even the ones that have separate heating/cooling systems for each sections, even the ones that have smoke eaters to remove smoke! I don't like to taste smoke! I don't like to smell like smoke! I don't like to be around smokers because they reek of smoke! I don't like the smokers that blow smoke in your face just to be doing it (because it's their right?)! What about my right to be smoke free! I select the places that I eat in on whether the place is all non-smoking or not, when I have a choice. I applaud your management for your stand against smoking in public, also it should address the gathering of smokers around the entrance of establishments that restrict smoking. I dislike the fact that I have to run the gauntlet of smoke and smokers that block the entrances and God help you if you say anything about your right to enter that place. AL HURST
First of all, I am a smoker. I don't smoke around people that it bothers. Restaurants have non smoking areas for people that do not wish to be close to it. That's more than I can say about drinkers. They are able to drink where ever they want to. All this "research" about second hand smoke,,how do we know it's really the true outcome? Dana Reeves just died, she was a non smoker. What about all the air we breathe? Big trucks with smoke coming out, and these cars on the road? Rivers and streams full of toxic waste. How many people smoke a cigarette or two and get in the car and kill someone? You like to grill steaks? Think about the smoke you are breathing in. It's not all from cigarettes. They should tax alcohol more, and make drinkers sit and one area. I am offended when I go out to eat and have to be around alcohol. They need to do more research on what it does to your body. Why is drinking ok with people and smoking is not? Give me a break. Kathy Krimminger
I totally agree to the ban on smoking in restaurants. Even in those with smoking/no smoking sections, you can still smell the smoke. I refuse to eat in establishments where I can't enjoy a meal without smelling someone's second-hand smoke. There are two restaurants that have good food here in Hampstead, but you have to go through the smoking section to get to the main dining room in both of them and I won't eat there anymore. I don't enjoy going out to dinner and then having to come home and put my clothes in the laundry and take a shower to get rid of the odor.
All I can say is, “it’s about time”!! Let hope this is passed!!! Dana Reeve’s death is proof that second hand smoke can be a killer as she was never a smoker. Pam O’Connor
great idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thomas Flynn
In response to your suggestion that we ban smoking in all restaurants – I ask a simple WHY? Smoking (like drinking) is a choice of adult citizens who pay dearly in high taxes to enjoy what they consider a privilege. If individual business decides to implement a “No Smoking” policy it is their choice, but for those who want the privilege of allowing smoking – you are suggesting taking away their right to do so. If you are an avid non-smoker then don’t patronize the establishments that allow it. Example: If you don’t like the foods a certain restaurant serves, don’t go there – If you don’t like the atmosphere at certain restaurants, don’t go there. Instead you are suggesting the government get ever more involved in you daily lives and change the foods and atmosphere to suit you. I don’t like the smell of cigar smoke, so I don’t go to cigar bars. I don’t like the noise of children screaming and playing so I don’t go to establishments that are geared towards them. If you don’t like smoking, don’t go to establishments that allow it. This is not rocket science.
What is the difference in you controlling alcohol and tobacco? I don’t see you asking the State to make restaurants stop serving alcohol when there are just as many (if not more) deaths due to alcohol related diseases. I don’t see anyone suing the State for wrongful death due to alcohol related diseases or “second hand” consumption (drunk driving accidents that involve innocent people) even though the State controls all alcohol sales including the ABC stores. What is the difference?
Lastly, are you willing to replace the lost tax base dependant on tobacco? As adults are forced into YOUR way of life (non-smoking) – the taxes will have to increase somewhere to replace the monies lost. Maybe you can start paying a tax for the privilege of not smoking.
CHOICE – it is way we fight to be AMERICANS.