They have a law here that bans smoking in restaurants and many other public places. People are still allowed to smoke in bars as long as their food sales are below a certain percentage. I am on the fence about this one. I feel that if a place is designated a bar, smokers should be allowed to smoke regardless of how many appetizers are served...I attend the community college here and they still have designated smoking areas around the campus. I like that they do that. I am not a smoker myself but I grew up in a family full of smokers and until 6 weeks ago my fiance smoked as well (he quit, I am so proud of him
). I don't really like the idea of "bans" because there is a time and place for everything. I personally think that it all comes down to the environment. I don't think smokers should be allowed to smoke inside a movie theater, but I have no problem with them smoking inside the bar area, or a designated "smokers section" at Outback while having a few drinks (illegal here now). I hope that makes sense.
Cigarettes killed my grandfather, literally. He had lung cancer and managed to survive that. About 10 years later, still a smoker and right after my Grandma died, he was admitted in to a Veterans Hospital. He was losing his mind and not doing very well. He was STILL allowed smoke breaks outside in the courtyard. One evening he lit 2 cigarettes at once and stuck them in his pocket... lit. They ignited a lighter he also had in his pocket and caught himself on fire. He didn't make it...
For this reason I feel that cigarettes should be banned on the property of places such as this. It is definately a safety hazard to the patients
Edited to add: I forgot to mention... All of our friends who smoke, and this includes my fiance when he smoked, were polite enough to stand where I wasn't down wind of their cigarette smoke. They would never stand directly next to me and blow smoke in my direction. I do feel that smokers should extend this courtesy to nonsmokers in places such as bus stops.