Too many people that I have loved have died way too young because of smoking. When I see someone smoking in a restaurant, what I see is someone taking a rope, forming a noose, slinging the rope up over a pipe, standing on the table, and slipping the noose over their head. It makes it difficult for me to enjoy my food. Anyone who cares about their fellow human beings will find it difficult to enjoy themselves while watching others hurt themselves.
Melissa Winston, Blue Ash
Smoke-free restaurants can do great business
I don't understand why city officials are dragging their feet on the smoking ban from public places. On my recent visit to Applebee's restaurant, which recently went smoke-free, they were not hurt by doing so. It was quite busy, and after being there for at least an hour, there were still people waiting to be seated.
Joyce Rizzo, Green Township
Eating is unpleasant with smoke in the air
I think it is critical that the smoking ban is passed for restaurants and bars. It is disgusting to try to eat with smoke in the air, not to mention the secondhand smoke health hazards that we are all exposed to.
Kelly Koch, Mount Washington
Total ban won't drive customers away
While my husband and I do not frequent bars, bingo halls or bowling alleys, we do enjoy eating out. As a former smoker, I am very much for a ban on all indoor smoking. I do not think that a total ban will drive customers away. On the contrary, I think it will enhance the restaurant businesses. We try to patronize those that ban smoking in Anderson Township.
Ro Staggenborg, Union Township, Clermont County
City should focus on bigger things
I honestly believe the smoking ban should be left in the hands of the business owner. They should know what works and doesn't work for their customers. It is time for the government to back away and attend to more important issues within this city. It infringes upon the individual owner's rights surrounding any decision concerning their business.
Betty Reliford, Roselawn
Keep playing field level for businesses
As the proprietor of O'Bryon's Irish Pub, I would like to provide a perspective on the proposed study to ban smoking in all workplaces, restaurants and bars.
My restaurant/bar provides for both smokers and nonsmokers. Other bars/restaurants in the area have converted to nonsmoking establishments, sending many new customers to O'Bryon's.
My major concern is that Cincinnati will impose a no-smoking environment, while Northern Kentucky will continue to serve both smokers and nonsmokers. Should this occur, it will give bars and restaurants in Northern Kentucky yet another advantage over their counterparts in Cincinnati.
Let's keep the playing field level between Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, and let customers choose whether they wish to patronize establishments that provide services to both smoking and nonsmoking customers.
Bob Griffith, Loveland
Let restaurants decide if they want smokers
I happen to be a person who likes to smoke when I go out and enjoy the establishments in our city. It baffles me that anyone would make a ban on indoor smoking into law. Let restaurants and bars decide if they want to cater to a smoking clientele. Everyone has choices. If you choose to patronize only nonsmoking establishments, that's great. If you choose to have a business that welcomes smokers, the risks are well-publicized. There are risks in everyday life - breathing polluted air, driving a car and even eating fast foods are risks.
Annie Knecht, Madeira
Nonsmokers should stay home, bug off
I think Cincinnati City Council should have more important business to handle, instead of trying to hurt businesses that depend on customers who smoke. People who do not smoke should stay home in their air-conditioned homes and mind their own business.
What will be next? No alcohol, where you can go and can't go?
I am a smoker; my husband isn't, because he stopped more than 20 years ago but still enjoys going to a bar. He complains more about the air conditioning.
Tell City Manager Valerie Lemmie and the others that Cincinnati has bigger problems that need to be taken care of.
June Derose, Madisonville
Bartender appreciates efforts to clean up air
C'mon, Cincinnati! Smokers have had their day. Now people want to have a cocktail without being subjected to cigarette smoke.
As a bartender, I've worked in this unhealthy environment for close to 20 years. Even though my employers have been top-notch, every hour I work I breathe secondhand smoke, not to mention having smoky clothes and hair, along with red eyes. I love my profession and it pays quite well. As a single mom, I can work part-time and earn full-time wages giving me more time with my son.
I'm glad someone is finally listening. Please clean up my air!
Debbie Lee, Colerain Township
Ban is example of political correctness
There is a laundry list of political correctness items on this new century's agenda. Chief among them is the pesky smoking ban. Soon, city by city, state by state - even home by home or room by room - will be freed of this nasty habit invading its domains and will be totally prohibited. A jail term might result. Aren't there more pressing issues to address besides this irritating subject?
Rose C. Pranger, Covington
I am the owner of the Old Time Saloon. I have already taken a survey with my customers and they informed me they would go elsewhere if this law goes into effect. I rely on my business as my only source of income and can't afford to lose any customers.
I am in full agreement with smoke-free establishments, but it should include all of Hamilton County. If this law goes into effect, I would have to consider moving the business out of the city.
Marilyn Kohler, Delhi Township
Smoking takes away friends, loved ones
Smokers, please don't take it personally when I enthusiastically support all bans on smoking in bars or restaurants.
My best friend quit smoking many times and always tried to keep passive smoke away from others. After 37 years of smoking, he suffered a massive heart attack. That night in 1997, he gave me his cigarettes and said, "I will never smoke again!" He was true to his word. He died three days, three hours later. We miss him dearly and wish he had also protected himself from the cigarette smoke.
Kerin Hayes, Anderson Township
A ban would be fine, but give bars a break
I am a married 52-year-old retiree from Cincinnati Bell. I have never been a smoker. I feel smoking should be banned in all restaurants, bowling alleys, bingo halls, and anywhere around children and food. I think smoking should still be allowed in bars. Most people who go to bars do smoke and children are not in bars.
Debbie Karnes, Green Township
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