Should smoking in restaurants be banned?

@K46620 (1996)
United States
March 21, 2009 7:52am CST
Well, where I live (Florida, USA) we have a state law which bans smoking in restaurants if more than 10% of the restaurant's revenue is non-alcoholic. I totally hate smoking, so it has been nice to go into a restaurant and not have that horrid smell. However, I am all for limited government. I am not sure if it should be the government's responsibility to pass laws like this or not. Perhaps the restaurants should be able to decide whether they want all non-smoking or not. So, I am curious what my fellow myLotters think...
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@grantw (28)
• United States
21 Mar 09
No it shouldn't be. The government shouldn't be able to tell a private business what they can and can't do. If people don't like smokers then they simply shouldn't go to the restaurant. It would then be up to the restaurant/bar whether the lose in business is bad or not. If they ban smokers they should also at least ban screaming babies.
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@K46620 (1996)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Good points. Even though I do like the absence of smoking, I would rather let the free market capitalism take care of it.
• United States
21 Mar 09
I am from Ohio and the town I live in has a smoking ban on Everything. Restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, etc. You cannot even smoke in your car at some companies if you are in their parking lot, this was how it was at the company I used to work for. I personally think its great. I hate smoking and now that I am pregnant I am even more concerned about breathing in peoples toxic fumes. I think when the government puts a ban like this it shows how serious and deadly a habit like smoking can be. I live overseas now in Egypt and people smoke everywhere, I would estimate that 90% of men are smokers here. Their government doesn't care. Even at my freaking prenatal visit someone was right outside the doctors office smoking...
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@K46620 (1996)
• United States
21 Mar 09
What? You cannot smoke in your car? I never heard of that. Again, I don't think you should smoke in your car, but I don't think laws should be passed about that.
@zahfran (851)
• Singapore
21 Mar 09
In my country, smoking is being banned almost Everywhere!!! If you want to smoke, you gotta really find a place with not much people there and we also have what we call a "yellow box here".. The yellow box are designated smoking areas
@K46620 (1996)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Which country are you from? I have not heard of "the yellow box".