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Last week’s question: Should there be an exemption in the Clean Indoor Air Act for bars with 20 percent or less revenue from food sales, as well as for private clubs and casinos? Why or why not?

NO - 74 percent

YES – 26 percent


From our LinkedIn group:


No. Smokers want to smoke when they drink or socialize--we all get that. As a non-smoker, I can always choose not to patronize a smoky establishment. But what about the health of the people who work there and have no choice but to be subjected to it? If the ban applies to all businesses, like it does in other states, the culture changes and the issue goes away. And I'm sure there's data out there on the savings in public health and safety costs, and costs of constantly replacing, repainting and fumigating.

—Shannon Powers


The overall question should be whether or not the government should be getting involved with the issue of public smoking at all. Sure I believe that government should and can regulate smoking in areas that the public as a whole pay for. For example schools, public parks etc. I do not believe that government should telling independent business owners that they cannot allow smoking in their establishment. This is the job of 1) The free market and 2) The public at large. In my view, unless the government gave the business owner cash to open/operate or assists with the expenses of the business, its private and the owner should be allowed to run their business as they see fit.

If establishment A allows smoking, and you do not like that smell, it’s simple, select another establishment. Don’t run to the government complaining about it. How many of us run to the government complaining of children crying in restaurants? I’m willing to bet not too many of us. But I would be willing to bet that maybe next time we would consider going to a less child-friendly establishment.

A great case study is the US lodging industry. When I first got into this business, I don’t recall ever having a thing called a non smoking room. As the years ticked by, more and more of the public demanded non smoking rooms, and because of that more and more non smoking rooms came into the room supply. Now, the pendulum has swung the other direction, it is getting more and more difficult to find a smoking room. In most places (PA included) hotels are exempt from smoking laws.

—Raymond E Hunt Jr.


No, all bars and restaurants should be smoke free.

—Mark Gibson


I agree with Raymond. Let the free market not the Government decide.

—Don Grimley


This is an issue that both sides can't win on. Of course. I'm sorry the smokers lost their privilege to smoke in most restaurants and I understand the idea that when some people drink they also want to smoke at the same time.

However--especially in this economy I have to side with the workers and the owners. This is not a time to risk business by annoying the nonsmokers (who are 75-80% of the population) and by risking the health of workers by unnecessarily exposing them to carcinogens.

The stock answer that some may insensitively tell the workers is "to find another job." In this economy?

Smokers do have some choices. There are a few private clubs that allow smoking I know of one locally.

—Joseph Fatula

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