People React To Smoking Ban

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Trouble for tobacco users, but delight for those fed up with secondhand smoke. The smoking ban is one step away from becoming a state law.

The State House of Representatives approved changes to a bill Wednesday that would ban smoking in all restaurants and bars across North Carolina. Governor Beverly Perdue now has 10 days to either approve or veto the bill. It's a decision that has smokers outraged and non-smokers applauding. One smoker says banning smoking in bars will alter his decision on where he ultimately spends his money.

Advocates for the bill say a ban on smoking promotes a healthier lifestyle, especially in public areas. If adopted, North Carolina will become the third state to ban smoking in both restaurants and bars and be among over 30 states with at least some kind of smoking restriction.


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  • by Sarah Location: Greenville on May 20, 2009 at 09:36 AM
    I am a smoker, and a restaurant manager, and I completely agree with this ban. It breaks my heart when I see kids sitting in the smoking section, or my servers with allergies getting smoke blown in their faces. Yes, it is part of being a server, and I agree with the person that said they don't want to hear someone else's kids screaming and running around through his meal, but at the same time, that goes back to kids being kids. Business is going to suffer for tobacco farmers and manufacturers because people are going to quit smoking, and in NC, this can be a potentially bad situation. Restaurants are going to be just fine, and people are going to be healthy. It isn't going to kill someone to step outside to their vehicle and smoke while they wait for their food. So those that are complaining...get over it, because whining and moaning isn't going to do anything.
  • by Randy Location: Windsor NC on May 18, 2009 at 03:59 AM
    People who go to bars are usely drinking and if they do not smoke have thier own section away from smokers.Most I have talk too. do not care if others smoke. Because they do not want to impose on other people the right to choose. Why? Because they know they are next to have laws impossed on them they don't want.
  • by Smoker for 34 years on May 17, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    Smoking is no worse than these people chewing tobacco and spitting all over the ground. Yes it is only a cig., but they are taking all our rights, this is suppose to be a free country. People have been smoking for many of years, and now second hand smoke is killing people. My mom and dad smoked and I have no signs of cancer, get real people, it is this d@@@ government we have. You drunks will probably die before my cigs kill me.
  • by Douglas Location: Greenville on May 17, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    Where have the leaders gone? This country is on it's knees begging for common sense leaders. Where have they gone? A woman in North Carolina can murder her unborn child, plus the state will pay for it, but if she smokes a cigarette can go to jail. You people think about that statement. I am afraid History will judge our generation very harshly. They will say, what on earth were those people thinking, just a bunch of idiots. Where have all the "Leaders Gone"?
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on May 16, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    Some of you people irritate my anus! ...It's just a cigarette... Jeez, you people will live if you don't smoke your cancer sticks during a meal. ...Suck it up!!
  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    They are really destroying our country. We have no freedom anymore. My smoking is no worse than these so called Dr. giving there patients medicine every time they say my leg hurts, I know a woman and everytime she goes to the Dr. she gets oxicodone, percocets,valium anything she ask for. ISN'T THAT WORSE THAN MY SMOKING? sHE GETS 970 OXICODONE EVERY THREE MONTHS, FREE oUR TAX dOLLARS PAY FOR THEM.
  • by smokeless Location: N the country on May 16, 2009 at 08:54 AM
    Hooray smoking stinks and now we won't have to smell somebody else killing themselves with that crap! WAY TO GO!!!!
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on May 16, 2009 at 04:40 AM
    Great idea. I know it's not something smokers like to hear. But second hand smoke is a nuisance to many. Smoke at home and then go out to eat. I know if it's a state-wide ban, the businesses won't suffer. The government loves the tax revenue it gets from cigarettes. They're not trying to reduce sales. They are just looking after the welfare of the public. It's a lot more expensive to reduce the damage smoking causes. Many people don't have health care. So it's a good move for the government. When we get to the point where you don't have to schedule a doctor's appointment a month in advance, and the doctors get bored because they don't have any patients, then we can readdress the issue.
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on May 15, 2009 at 02:36 PM
    To T, why would you want to see a kid in a resturant in a smoking section inhale smoke when he can't get up and leave? The smoke can do damage, I have proof. As far a drinking I think every person should have a breathtalizer on their car to start it, so there will not be any DWIS and wrecks. We see a alot of those at PCMH as well. These are common sense facts. If you can't see the facts then you have problems. I just hope you don't have an important job where you give people advice or information for all of our safety.
  • by Country Location: Wilson on May 15, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    Crazy, Crazy, Crazy!!!! Why doesn't the government get into something that would actually help us all??? Such as put a ceiling on the gas prices, that would be something useful for them to waste a lot of time and money on. I could sure use a break.
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