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Supporters of smoking ban to rally Friday

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 6:40 PM
Last updated Thursday, June 6, 2013 9:47 AM
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Those who want a tougher smoking ordinance in Augusta will rally Friday to show their support at a bar that went smoke-free earlier this year.

BreathEasy Augusta will hold a rally during First Friday beginning at 6 p.m. at Joe’s Underground Cafe, 144 Eighth St. The group will be grilling hotdogs and providing T-shirts for those who would like to volunteer at future events.

The coalition has been running ads for the past several weeks in support of a potential smoke-free workplace ordinance that would ban smoking in all workplaces, most notably in bars. A similar effort failed in the Augusta Commission last year.

Georgia passed a statewide smoking law in 2005 that bans smoking in state facilities and many public places, such as restaurants that admit those younger than 18, but exempts those establishments that do not, such as bars and clubs.

Columbia and Aiken counties and Georgia cities such as Savannah and Athens have already passed tougher smoking ordinances.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Rally supporting tougher smoking ordinance

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Joe’s Underground Cafe, 144 Eighth St.

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Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/05/13 - 08:19 pm
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Ohhhh the irony... a ban

Ohhhh the irony... a ban smoking rally at Joe's..... SMH

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/05/13 - 08:20 pm
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Crusaders......I hate

Crusaders......I hate crusaders. While smoking my ceremonial pipe tonight I will ask the god of thunder for torrential rains and extreme lightning over Joe's on Friday night, say from 5:45 PM 'til 2 AM. I don't want all the carcinogens from the grill and those burned hot dogs stinking up Broad St.. Bunch of hypocrites.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/05/13 - 09:04 pm
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Guess where your

Guess where your server/bartender in a non-smoking establishment is when you are ready for a drink....

nocnoc
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nocnoc 06/05/13 - 09:44 pm
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Remember

Remember

to show up and Smoke them if you got them. ☺

The Touchy-Feely crowd & Liberals can't stand for people to be able to do something they don't like it or have deemed NON-PC.

This is also known as PC Fascism

BTW: I am neither a smoker or a drinker.

SMOKERSARELOSERS
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SMOKERSARELOSERS 06/05/13 - 10:56 pm
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Everyone has a RIGHT to smoke-free air!
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Everyone (ironically, even smokers) has a long-standing RIGHT to smoke-free air. There has never been and never will be any "right" to smoke. That's smoking hogwash from the tobacco pushers, who are criminals for the sickness and deaths they cause.

ragingbull
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ragingbull 06/05/13 - 11:15 pm
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A free T-Shirt and a hot dog.

A free T-Shirt and a hot dog. Will they be serving adult beverages?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 06/05/13 - 11:42 pm
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I am a non smoker and I take

I am a non smoker and I take a libertarian standpoint. I totally get the ban in government facilities. As far as private business is concerned, it should be up to the business owner. I actually have compassion for smokers. I understand that nicotine is one of the most addictive substances that exists. The fact that tobacco is terribly harmful is not disputed by anyone. Yet smokers put it into their bodies anyway. I believe the correct term is "self loathing".

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/06/13 - 12:30 am
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Hear! Hear! GAD. I hope a

Hear! Hear! GAD. I hope a bunch of smokers show up and gas them on the sidewalk. I've said before and I say it again, I am about as anti-smoking as one gets as far as not wanting to be around it or smell it; but it is a legal activity that private business owners should allow or not. The free market will determine the wisdom of their choice. I won't patronize them if they allow it, and statistically, 75% of the rest of us won't either. If they can succeed with that, more power to them.

Some of the above commenters need to think long and hard about what liberty really means.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 06/06/13 - 04:36 am
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Get a few folks to show up

Get a few folks to show up wearing about a 1/2 bottle of cologne and perfume. You won't even notice any smell from the cigarettes. The beauty is, they can sit right beside you in any and all bars and restaurants since it's not regulated in the least. You can't smell a cigarette or your food. A question: Would they ban smoking in a hookah bar, since it would put the establishment out of business? All of those fancy schmancy restaurants that burn candles on the tables: Obviously a fire hazard, not to mention the carbon and who knows what you're inhaling from those candles. They have to go. Heck, places are having wood fired grills now, are 100% of any fumes being removed? For that matter, in any restaurant, when they're cooking on a grill, griddle, oven, if you're smelling anything cooking and seeing any of the smoke rising, wouldn't you be at risk for whatever chemicals are being released during the cooking process plus the carbonization from browning? It looks like it's time to just outlaw restaurants completely. Once that's accomplished the zealots can start plotting how to protect us in our own homes.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/06/13 - 08:45 am
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Hot Dog

I was thinking about going down there to get a free hot dog; but I don't want a city commissioner to see me and think I am on the side of the anti-liberty crowd, i.e., the banners.

No, to the commenter above, there is no constitutional “right” to smoke-free air. The very grills that are cooking the hot dogs tomorrow night are emitting smoke. The vehicles cruising broad street are emitting smoke (admittedly, very litte and very fine particulate). Our economic engines on Lovers Lane, Hwy. 56, and other industrial corridors emit smoke legally.

No, the “rights” we have are characterized as life, liberty, and property. Banning a business owner from allowing smoking tobacco inside his own business establishment is as socialistic as you can get. I say, “Boo.” on the anti-freedom crowd.

dashiel
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dashiel 06/06/13 - 09:14 am
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Driven

That whining barmaid in those TV commercials makes me want to light up.

Mudge
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Mudge 06/06/13 - 09:36 am
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Nice to see varying opinions

Nice to see varying opinions nicely stated. Of course there is the usual drivel being spewed by individuals lacking the ability to have earnest and intelligent discourse and instead rely on attacking. I have to assume it is a reflection on their inability to converse on any higher intellectual level than name calling. I am not a smoker, but smoking is legal. I will choose to exercise my right to patronize an establishment as does each one of us. The biggest losers in my opinion are those narrow minded people who resort to labeling a segment of the population who are in the free excercise of their rights. P.S. I can't stand the smell of tobacco smoke, but the the smell of self righteous indignation is even worse.

LLArms
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LLArms 06/06/13 - 09:35 am
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SMOKERSARELOSERS, well

SMOKERSARELOSERS, well thankfully you have a 1A right to hide behind your monitor and anonymously say whatever you want.

ragingbull
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ragingbull 06/06/13 - 09:45 am
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If it is a restaurant I am

If it is a restaurant I am truly in favor of banning smoking. I can not stand cigarette smoke, and certainly would not eat in a restaurant with a smoker at the next table. Now a bar is a different story. If one is drinking alcohol, they should be allowed to light up. I have a choice whether or not to frequent a bar, but my appetite severely limits my decisions on whether or not to go to a restaurant.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/06/13 - 10:05 am
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SMOKERSARELOSERS........Sure

SMOKERSARELOSERS........Sure am tired of hearing from the sanctimonious hypocrites who will get in their carbon spewing car and drive to a bar that is using a carbon spewing grill to cook carcinogenic hot dogs with rodent droppings in them and get back in their car, probably intoxicated, and drive back home.......all to protect my health.

I still say there is NO logical reason, NO moral reason, and certainly NO legal reason to not allow bars and restaurants to CHOOSE whether to allow smoking or not. The customers can CHOOSE whether to go there or not, the employees of smoking establishments can CHOOSE whether to work there or not and NOBODY gets hurt unless they CHOOSE to do so. The real reason they want to ban ALL smoking in ALL bars and restaurants is that, GIVEN THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE, the smoking bars would do a better business and THEY know it. Sure, I concede that if they step on people's rights and ban smoking in all establishments, the businesses will still do okay. But GIVEN THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE, the smoking bars would do a better business. Can't have the PUBLIC exercising their RIGHT TO CHOOSE can we now?

Mudge
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Mudge 06/06/13 - 10:48 am
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smokersarelosers

I think smokersarelosers realized who the loser was and called it quits.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 06/06/13 - 11:06 am
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Dichotomy: I only eat Hebrew

Dichotomy:
I only eat Hebrew National hotdogs.

karradur
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karradur 06/06/13 - 12:32 pm
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Good idea: organizing an effort against smoking in bars.

Bad idea: doing it on First Friday.

zeenab4u
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zeenab4u 06/06/13 - 01:05 pm
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@ dashiel

That whining barmaid makes me a bit angry. She's kinda like a reformed drinker that goes to a bar then complains about them serving beer or the atheist going to the church buffet and complaining about them having religous booklets. If that girl has so many breathing problems, why get a job in a bar, why not a resturant that has already banned smoking. I turn the station when that commercial comes on.

KSL
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KSL 06/07/13 - 08:30 am
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May it rain on their hotdogs.

May it rain on their hotdogs.

KSL
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KSL 06/07/13 - 08:32 am
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By the way

Neither I nor my husband are smokers. Never have been.

smartin1955
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smartin1955 06/07/13 - 10:18 am
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Smoke from grilling
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Grill smoke causes the same chemicals in the air that first hand smoking does, only more concentrated. These fumes can cause gene mutation which can lead the cancer. What on EARTH are the pro ban people doing promoting this sort of thing? And, what could be more unhealthy than a hotdog. Are these nannies completely braindead?

I am glad that this business DECIDED to be smokefree. I am surprised that they must be doing so badly that they are wanting to "level the playing field" by forcing others to do what they freely chose to do.

Does this mean that smoking bans are bad for business? The nannies said this would be great for business! If it's great then businesses who decide to cater to adult smokers would close, right? So WHY does this need the heavy hand of the government?

Someone is pulling our legs here, folks. Why, you ask? They are getting federal funds to hound elected officials. This is illegal and is being investigated in Washington right now. (See Cause of Action report, and Washington Free Beacon report, AND Jeff Stiers report in Rollcall)

These people should not only be stopped, they should be prosecuted for illegal lobbying! Did federal money buy the hotdogs, too?

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