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Smoking Ban?
By Anita Hales


July 10, 2007

The issue of a smoking ban in bars and restaurants came up several years ago and was touted by CHARR as the greatest evil and would end up ruining business as we know it.

I went to Ireland last year and as some of you may know, that countryhas banned smoking in ALL public places including restaurants and bars.

You know what? People kept eating out and going to the pubs.

I found the lack of lingering tobacco smell VERY pleasant and acceptable. In Ireland, most pubs also serve as restaurants and small children are seen sitting with their families enjoying a meal together.

We played music in the pubs there and it was nice not coming out of the places smelling like a tobacco factory.

If people want to smoke, they can legally do so. I'd like to see more establishments voluntarily ban smoking so we don't HAVE to have the government do it for us.

If Ireland survived, so can we.

Anita Hale
Ketchikan, AK

Received July 06, 2007 - Published July 10, 2007

About: 40+ years Ketchikan resident.

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