Smoking Ban Could Become Reality

A smoking ban in bars and restaurants could finally become a reality this year, with a decision on the bill possibly coming as early as Thursday night. So will a ban help or hurt Nashville? Are you for or against? A column in today’s Tennessean makes the pro-ban case, but even the author can’t help but point out that bar revenues (and tips) are down. The article makes clear, however, that the bartenders are still more than happy with the ban.

Personally, I know that if there were just a couple bars downtown that decided to prohibit smoking, I would choose to patronize them whenever I could. Going out in Nashville and coming home with clothes that reek of cigarettes always makes me long for NYC, where you can go out drinking for six hours and still come home smelling fresh.

5 Comments so far

  1. Paul Nicholson (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

    Love it.
    Can’t wait for a ban.

    And several restaurant owners I’ve talked to agree. They can’t wait to ban smoking in their bars (which they don’t feel they can do now)

    Now if i can just get the smokers in my building to comprehend what “50-feet away from the door” means.

  2. Taxpayer (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 3:24 am

    I’m all for then ban. I am excitedly waiting on the ban of fast food and coffee too. People are not as bright as they used to be. They are not intelligent enough to know which bars are non smoking (and yes I personally know of 2 right downtown) and choose to go to there. I think the government should act in our best interest and protect us from everything harmful. Maybe they should just give us an intinerary for each day of our life so we do not have to think for ourselves. If you use the argement you have in supporting the smoking ban, how could you oppose having someone else tell you how to live?
    I may not smoke but I do know when freedoms are being taken away and people are clearly overstepping bounds. I personally find naked women on stages giggling around for a dollar degrading and more harmful to society and it’s my choice not to go to places that encourage and support those actions. I guess that’s called common sense. Bars and restaurants can make these choices on thier own. If there are so many owners for it, why are they waiting for a law?

  3. (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 7:57 am

    Can’t wait… It’s one of best things a city can do for it’s health and it’s economy.

  4. John (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 7:58 am

    Can’t wait… It’s one of best things a city can do for it’s health and it’s economy.

  5. Andrew (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 9:58 am

    So where are these two non-smoking bars?

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