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Smokers, businesses adjusting to smoking ban

Posted April 1, 2010

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— Three months after a new law made it illegal to smoke inside restaurants and bars in the state, some smokers are still getting used to having to light up outside.

“I still don’t like to, but I’ve adapted to it,” smoker Rhoda Bruington said on Thursday.

Smoking ban, other factors boost downtown business Smoking ban, other factors boost downtown business

Before the law took affect, some critics were concerned that it would be bad for business. Greg Hatem, who owns several eateries and bars in the downtown Raleigh, said the ban has done the opposite.

“It’s been great. Actually it’s helped business,” Hatem said.

Hatem said what used to be the smoking area at the Raleigh Times restaurant and bar has now become its busiest section.

“Now people want to go in there because it’s a cool bar – a 150 year old bar. They want to go in there and they can now because it’s now non-smoking,” Hatem said.

David Diaz, of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, said there was a 10 percent increase in revenue in restaurants and nightclubs in the downtown area since March last year, before the smoking ban took effect.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 5, 2010

    Thanks, wildcat for your infinite "wisdom". ;-)

    Yes, folks...since we're going to die, we should do nothing to prolong our lives. In fact, we should breathe known carcinogens, that kill millions of people (including those around us)...because, one day, we will all die. And, we might as well die early. Wildcat has spoken. ;-)

  • wildcat Apr 2, 2010

    every non-smoker should know that cancer and other medical unknown is still killing YOU. You will die of something. trust me on that.

  • wildcat Apr 2, 2010

    don't go to places that do not allow smoking. stay at home. otherwise I don't think a couple hours would kill you. try it.

  • Travised Apr 2, 2010

    In another state that enacted a smoking ban, they were able to get away with allowing smoking where food is still served. The manner it is possible being it is OUTSIDE of the structure. With that states law, this is allowed. Another bar near the campus area built a temporary structure encased with plastic to keep the elements out was also able to allow smoking.

    So I'm sure there are loopholes in this law if the owners look into it.

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Apr 2, 2010

    Equating folks who EAT unhealthy food to folks who SMOKE is a ridiculous notion. Since when does what I eat make your waist line grow, clog your arteries, or impede your life in any fashion?

    Assuming that everyone who enjoys to dine out is gorging on unhealthy food is another ridiculous notion. I'm extremely physically active, ride my bike 3000+ miles a year, run several hundred miles a year, work out in the gym 5-6 days a week, and I eat healthy....ya, even when I dine out. Just because pizza, buffalo wings, and loaded fries are on the menu doesn't mean it has to be ordered. You fat smokers should probably take notice of the healthier options on the menus, but then again, you've all decided to 'stay home and use the saved money for electronics instead', so I guess noticing healthy choices on a menu is a moot point, eh?

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Apr 2, 2010

    Loving the smoking ban. Love getting to go shoot pool. Even when I was a smoker, I didn't enjoy going to pool halls because the fumes were way too much for even me to endure. Love being able to sit at the bar in a restaurant to watch a game while I'm eating. That spot used to be reserved for people who wanted to suck on cancer sticks and those who didn't mind trying to eat a meal and inhale smoke from the person next to them. Now we all get to share the 'good spot' at a restaurant. The smoker can go outside and puff if they so chose, and come back to their seat at the bar. No right has been taken from them, and additional seating options are now open to people who don't care to stink like a smoker.

    I think it's great. If that makes me selfish, so be it. Everyone is selfish in one form or another. I'll gladly take this form of selfishness.

    And for all the smokers who have a problem with it....would you like some cheese with your WHINE?

  • hardwork919 Apr 2, 2010

    "You non-smokers should NOT be eating in restaurants and going to bars at all. You are getting way too much salt, fat and calories. You should be arrested for that, or least in the government's next step, you will be. Instead, you should leave the bars and restaurants to us smokers, since according to one or two people we are going to die from smoking anyway." larieke

    This just in: smoking has only killed one or two people since the invention of cigarettes. The 100 million people who we THOUGHT died of smoking actually died from something else. More at 11.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 2, 2010

    The real problem is that some people still don't believe that 2nd hand smoke causes cancer...that cigarettes are pure poison when ignited. (Hint: Science is your friend)

    If you don't believe smoking is dangerous...do you also think Asbestos, Radon, Benzene (and other Class A carcinogens like cigarette smoke) are not dangerous?

    Should I be allowed to spray Asbestos in the air when I'm in the same room, bus or elevator with you and your children? Why not?

  • Bill Brasky Apr 2, 2010

    "You non-smokers should NOT be eating in restaurants and going to bars at all. You are getting way too much salt, fat and calories. You should be arrested for that, or least in the government's next step, you will be."

    Hmmm, I thought I made it pretty simple on my last post. Lets use your fattening foods example(it was a bad example since not everyone eats greasy food). Say your eating a greasy cheeseburger, well a greasy cheeseburger that your eating doesn't magically land on your neighbors table who is eating healthy, no it only affects that person eating. Your smoke not only effects you but effects everyone around you, and smoking in an enclosed area impedes on their freedom to not have cancer.

  • larieke Apr 2, 2010

    You non-smokers should NOT be eating in restaurants and going to bars at all. You are getting way too much salt, fat and calories. You should be arrested for that, or least in the government's next step, you will be. Instead, you should leave the bars and restaurants to us smokers, since according to one or two people we are going to die from smoking anyway.

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