Smoke Free Restaurants

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According to an article in Public Health News titled “Number of Smoke-Free’
Restaurants Soars”, and published March 9, 1999, cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals
and exposure to environmental smoke or secondhand smoke is responsible for 1,000 non-smoker
deaths in Washington state each year. Listed below are some ideas that will help eliminate the
problem of cigarette smoke ruining many meals in restaurants. In the past few years some public
places have established their facilities as non-smoking out of respect of the customers health and
enjoyment. Some examples are public transportation and public federal buildings. The customer
respect issue regarding smoking needs to be adopted by all restaurants to avoid the nuisance of
stale tobacco smells and tastes. Once solution to eliminate this problem is to create all restaurants
as non-smoking. A second idea is to require all restaurants to install air purifier/cleaners. Non-
smoking restaurants, enclosed smoking sections and required air purifier/cleaners offer different
ways to eliminate dining in a smokey restaurant.

Creating restaurants as non-smoking would avoid the problem of nicotine odors ruining
many meals. The Onion, located in downtown Spokane, requires that all smoking be done in the
bar area. The bar is separated from the main restaurant by a gate. I ate lunch at this restaurant,
and while I was there smoke from the bar drifted to my table and spoiled my lunch. The non-
smoking policy is catching on in various public places and restaurants taking on the same policy
would solve this problem of spoiled meals caused by cigarette smoke. Enclosed smoking sections
is also a solution to smokey restaurants.

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