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I just can't understand why people think if an eating establishment doesn't allow smoking it will not be able to be financially stable. First of all, smoking kills. The words associated to this are lung cancer, emphysema, heart attacks. Second, if all eating establishments are non-smoking will that mean all smokers will stay at home, fix their meals, and eat at home? I think not. If a person is used to going out to eat, meet friends, that is what he/she will do. People are creatures of habit. No wonder the habit of smoking is so hard to break! Third, wouldn't you think if all eating establishments are non-smoking they might now be able to make more money?

Let's think about it. Right now, smokers come into a restaurant, smoke before their meal, eat and/or smoke and smoke after their meal. This takes time. Don't you think by not smoking the smoker would get in and out of a restaurant faster - so they can smoke? Hence, more people would be served in a day just because tables are freed up faster. Restaurants might even be able to make more of a profit because all of the non-smokers who would not come into their establishment because of the smoke, will now be able to come into a smoke-free environment. No smoking equals more customers equals more profits, plus the added bonus of smoke-free air. What's wrong with this picture? I would say not a darn thing.

Karen Fike

Bloomington

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