Smoking in restaurants
By Randy M. Lake
July 10, 2007
Of the comments from the public regarding smoking in public in
general and in restaurants in particular, Linda Beaupre's letter
is the most important to respond to. When she says that I will
not get much support from restaurant employees, she is totally
correct. Not only that but she is right on when she states the
reason why. The fear of losing customers was always the concern
of employees and owners of restaurants facing the possibility
of non-smoking laws.
The history has proven this absolutely not the case. Restaurant
and bars never lost customers when non smoking laws were enacted.
People that needed to smoke adjusted. Customers that were lost
were more than replaced by an influx of new customers. New customers
that had previously avoided dining out because of smokers.
The fear of losing customers was never actually realized, even
With that simple fact out, I promise to drop it; for now. I
have only lived in Ketchikan a few months and everyday since
I have arrived, there is one characteristic of the people here
that hits me like a brick, every day. How incredibly friendly
and caring and willing to help you, or laugh with you they are.
Or loan you hooks when fishing. You name it; this town is full
of people just plain fun to be around.
Especially those characters fishing from the bridge over Ketchikan
creek. You fish psychos.
Randy M. Lake
Received July 7, 2007 - Published
July 10, 2007
About: "Semi retired,
ex smoker, lousy cook and dines out often"
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