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Old 03-21-2007, 06:34 PM
 
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Personally I hope this is a sign of things to come. Here in FL Im used to non-smoking establishments so this is the 1 small negative Im concerned about moving to NC.



Concord Mills to ban smoking from entrance
ADAM BELL
abell@charlotteobserver.com

Starting April 2, Concord Mills will ban smoking at the main entrances of the mall.

The "fresh air zone" designation is in response to shopper concerns about encountering second-hand smoke, the state's top tourist attraction announced Wednesday.

"We'd get complaints on a regular basis," mall spokeswoman Sharon Campbell said. "We need to accommodate them."

She said a recent e-mail complaint from a shopper led mall staff to take a closer look at the issue. The inside of the mall has been non-smoking since Concord Mills opened in 1999.

The outside non-smoking areas will extend from the sidewalk surrounding the mall to the entry doors.
Read tomorrow's Charlotte Observer for more details on this developing story.
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Old 03-21-2007, 06:43 PM
 
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Personally I hope this is a sign of things to come. Here in FL Im used to non-smoking establishments so this is the 1 small negative Im concerned about moving to NC.



Concord Mills to ban smoking from entrance
ADAM BELL
abell@charlotteobserver.com

Starting April 2, Concord Mills will ban smoking at the main entrances of the mall.

The "fresh air zone" designation is in response to shopper concerns about encountering second-hand smoke, the state's top tourist attraction announced Wednesday.

"We'd get complaints on a regular basis," mall spokeswoman Sharon Campbell said. "We need to accommodate them."

She said a recent e-mail complaint from a shopper led mall staff to take a closer look at the issue. The inside of the mall has been non-smoking since Concord Mills opened in 1999.

The outside non-smoking areas will extend from the sidewalk surrounding the mall to the entry doors.
Read tomorrow's Charlotte Observer for more details on this developing story.
Good, it's about time !!!!
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:12 PM
 
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they should ban smoking in all public buildings and restraunts...
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Old 03-22-2007, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Lake Norman Area
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While I dont mind the ban in that certain area, I am against the government telling private businesses if they can allow people to smoke in the restaurants or bars.
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Old 03-22-2007, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Personal choice.

I would prefer to go to a no smoking restaurant over a smoking restaurant.

They banned smoking from the bars in Scotland (which I don't agree with), however the pub trade is booming in Scotland as more people are goignt o the pubs as they are smoke free.

From yesterdays Observer

BILL SENT TO HOUSE FOR DEBATE
Smoking ban for N.C. sites gets panel's OK
Measure would affect most restaurants, bars, public places in state
Associated Press

RALEIGH --A state House committee gave its blessing Tuesday to a bill that would impose a broad ban on smoking at businesses and public places in North Carolina.Moderator cut: Provide a link instead of copying everything here, please

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Old 03-22-2007, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Cornelius
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When did the Scottish need a good reason to go to the pub. They are almost as bad as the English

I think it should be up to the owner of the establishment not big brother. The consumer will always dictate
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Old 03-22-2007, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman Area
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Ive heard about that bill, but believe me it has a loonng way to go before ever becoming law. For it to pass the house and Senate first of all, then even if it did pass the bill after all the politicians create all the loop holes in it it would probably not be worth the paper its written on. Remember tobacco is big in NC, and tobacco interests groups have a lot of influence in NC politics and I doubt they will allow this bill to pass...
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Old 03-22-2007, 12:42 PM
 
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While I dont mind the ban in that certain area, I am against the government telling private businesses if they can allow people to smoke in the restaurants or bars.
We should never underestimate the hazards of second hand smoke. I personally don't believe anyone should have to be subjected to it when they go out in public. We all know the tragic story of Dana Reeves who died of lung cancer but was not a smoker. Two months ago, a friend of mine died at age 42 of lung cancer. He was never a smoker and maintained a very healthy lifestyle. However, his parents were smokers so he was exposed to second hand smoke growing up. It's impossible to prove that's what caused his cancer, but I would guess that it probably did. He's left behind a wonderful wife and a very young child. It seems so unfair.

With all that's known about the dangers and many other negatives of smoking, I can't help but believe that the real reason people smoke is because they're addicted. It makes not sense that they would do so otherwise. I think a lot of people are in denial about that. And I also think that allowing smoking in public places, besides being an annoyance to non-smokers, also serves as an enabler to smokers who may or may not be trying to quit. (Apart from the health hazards, there's the issue of hygeine. Being hit by just a couple puffs of someone else's smoke is enough to get that nasty stench in your clothes. Yuk!)
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Old 03-22-2007, 12:45 PM
 
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When did the Scottish need a good reason to go to the pub. They are almost as bad as the English

I think it should be up to the owner of the establishment not big brother. The consumer will always dictate

I live in a smoke-free state now and believe me, nobody's complaining. It's always a jolt to my system when I go back to North Carolina and encounter people smoking in public places. It makes me eager to return home.
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Old 03-22-2007, 12:47 PM
 
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they should ban smoking in all public buildings and restraunts...
I second that!
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