Thumbs down!!!! Smoking bans should be entirely up to the owners of the private properties. If you don't like to smell smoke, stay out of those places. If enough people boycott a place of business because of the smoke, then the owner can change his policies. I can't stand smokers, but it is no business of the government to tell us how we can treat our own bodies.
Rick, you need to pull your head out of the sand.
I will admit that it is nicer in eating establishments now with no smoking; but this thing has gotten way out of hand. Carrying the restrictions "outside" is not about cigarette smoking. It is about government intrusion and control of individual rights. I STILL don't understand how something that is LEGAL to grow, manufacture, sell to the public, and use by the public can be mandated by local lawmakers as illegal. I can see many lawsuits here in the near future costing taxpayers lots of money. It's like the old X-Mart lawsuit, I do not agree with X-Mart or any of their services, but, the law allows their exsistence and they did go through proper protocal. As a result, the frivilous lawsuit cost taxpayers thousands of dollars and zero positive results. THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IN AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY SHOULD BE TO GET RID OF THOSE IN OFFICE WHO ARE BREAKING US FINANCIALLY AND GIVING US LESS SERVICES ALL THE WHILE.
Another issue here.......we frequent a local coffee house; kind of like a non alcoholic Cheers.........all the smokers, will take their cup of coffee and go outside, well away from the entrance, smoke their cigarette while chatting and then go back inside; what is ironic though is the number of non-smokers who also go outside with them to be part of the conversation. My point here is that you can make all the rules here that you want and if they are ignored by both sides, then you have accomplished nothing.
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