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I have been following the smoking discussions closely and have some questions. I agree that over time secondhand smoke in a small, confined container with a lab animal will probably be detrimental to its health. But how long does the animal have to be exposed before it's detrimental? Could The Pantagraph publish how many deaths are attributable to secondhand smoke? Has Ned Kelly's business improved since it went non-smoking? Are Ned Kelly's servers making as much in tips as they did prior to it going to non-smoking?

In my opinion, government intervention in privately owned businesses is not the answer. The federal government recognizes that, or they would pass a law banning smoking. The state of Illinois recognized that so they didn't pass a law banning smoking, they pushed it down to local governments to take the heat. To me it would be wise for local governments to avoid the issue also. It should be up to the individual business to make that decision. If they feel they should ban smoking do it. If they don't then so be it. Non-smokers should not frequent those establishments.

Lee Putnam

Bloomington

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