Monday, June 12, 2006

Should Elgin go smoke-free?

Representatives of both sides of the issue presented studies during Thursday’s meeting supporting their opinions about how a ban would affect them. Some say businesses go under in smoke-free communities, and others say business improves.

Representatives of Paul’s Restaurant on McLean Boulevard said their business goes up on the days when they don’t allow smoking inside. But bowling alleys say banning smoking would harm their business.

Board of Health members are asking residents to write letters and contact city council members with their opinions on the issue. He believes if Elgin goes smoke-free, it would inspire surrounding communities to follow. (souce: Daily Herald 6/10/06)
What do you think? Should Elgin ban smoking in all public places? Just restaurants?


Anonymous Jennifer said...

I don't think now is the time for a smoke free Elgin. As great as it would, be I think the city needs to attract more restaurants and bars to the downtown area first, get them established and then maybe a few years down the road, consider going smoke free.

9:13 PM  
Blogger The Elginite said...

I suppose one option is to exempt the downtown area from a smoking ban?

9:04 PM  

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