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Old 12-21-2007, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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Wow, 6 rep points in 5 minutes, must have hit some nerves. Thanks guys! You must all be smokers too?

 
Old 12-21-2007, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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My husband is doing a contract in Charlotte now and I could not BELIEVE they still allow smoking in a lot of the restaurants. We ate at Olive Garden in Gastonia a couple weeks ago, and as soon as we walked in we were blasted by a a cloud that wafted over from the smoking section that is right by the front door and BTW the "waiting" area for people to be seated. I honestly have not been to a restaurant in about 10 years in the US that still allows smoking. Why is North Carolina behind the times on this??/
You know, I can't find a single state that has a total ban on smoking in restaurants without some sort of exception to the ban.

The NC General Assembly just voted on the issue in the 2007 session. It failed to pass. It will probably be reintroduced in the next session. City and county governments do not have the legal authority to pass such a ban without the approval of the state. However, privately owned businesses may ban or restrict the use of tobacco at their own discretion.

State Smoking Restrictions - http://www.restaurant.org/government/state/docs/SmokingRegulations_Jan08.pdf (broken link)

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Old 12-21-2007, 03:26 PM
 
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I always choose non smoking establishments. I can't take more than three minutes next to a smoker, especially indoors AND eating.......NASTY!!

As long as I'm a non smoker, smoking establishments will not get my coin.
 
Old 12-21-2007, 03:31 PM
 
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I remember once visiting New York City, we were living in Oregon at the time for 5 years, progressive green state that it is, so in this fancy restaurant, we asked the maitre' d to please seat us in the non-smoking section, he gave us an absolute venom-filled look, reached down for his cigarette, blew a large cloud of smoke in our faces, said, "There is no such thing" and then seated us. I was amazed...
 
Old 12-21-2007, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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I always choose non smoking establishments. I can't take more than three minutes next to a smoker, especially indoors AND eating.......NASTY!!

As long as I'm a non smoker, smoking establishments will not get my coin.
Thank you Mike for responding to the thread. I think you are the perfect example for why the market should control this issue. Cigarettes have obviously become taboo over the years and is increasingly unpopular. As the number of people who choose, like yourself, to not be around cigarette smoke, the more restaurant owners will decide to become non smoking establishments. When people have the right to choose between any commodity in the market, the market has proven time and time again that it can address an issue like cigarette smoking. If the restaurant owner sees his wallet getting smaller, he will have no choice but to become non smoking. It truly is the beauty of the market and is the best place for the public to express their opinion, sans Nanny.
 
Old 12-21-2007, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Indian Land
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I am a non-smoker...I cannot stand it! However, I feel privately owned places should be able to make it's own decision as to allow smoking or not. No one forces anyone to eat, drink, or work there. There are plenty of options for all smokers and non...make the decision as to where you want to go.
 
Old 12-21-2007, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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I remember once visiting New York City, we were living in Oregon at the time for 5 years, progressive green state that it is, so in this fancy restaurant, we asked the maitre' d to please seat us in the non-smoking section, he gave us an absolute venom-filled look, reached down for his cigarette, blew a large cloud of smoke in our faces, said, "There is no such thing" and then seated us. I was amazed...
hahaha, thanks for the laugh. I pictured a Dick Tracy like cinema when reading your post. Was he French?
 
Old 12-21-2007, 04:00 PM
 
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I am not a smoker but my parents and grandparents were. I do not like the smell and I try to avoid places where smokers gather and the smoke lingers. But I do believe in everyone having their rights not violated. I do not like people or the government telling me what to do, how to live or where to live. I choose the restaurants I want to eat in and I shop in the stores I want. I don't force organizations that push their agenda's and political correctness on others to go away because they have their right's too. Just don't push your agenda on me.
 
Old 12-21-2007, 04:22 PM
 
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A mall is a place where smoking is banned because people must access the stores through the common areas, "the mall." People have no alternate entry/exit therefore they would be required to walk through smoking if it was allowed.
So when I enter a restaraunt, where is the non-smoker entrance? I gotta know because this drives me up a wall as well.
 
Old 12-21-2007, 04:32 PM
 
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hahaha, thanks for the laugh. I pictured a Dick Tracy like cinema when reading your post. Was he French?
don't know if he was French but he was very mean and very scary and very intimidating. It was the same restaurant where the waiter criticized what I chose to order, he disapproved of the appetizer that i selected to go with my entree. Very expensive, I mean dinner for two was close to $150!!!!
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