Smoking Ban in Diamondhead

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  • #4037

    Editor
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    The city Council is considering or has already passed an ordinance banning smoking in all businesses. Any comments?

    #4036

    I think that it is only being talked about at this time.

    #4038

    macfish47
    Participant

    I think this would be a very good move.

    #4039

    barber1980
    Member

    They have not passed it yet but they are going to. This is going to kill the Lounge and Red Zone. Also the ban will include any and all future casinos. The Property tax will never go down without a casino. GOOD LUCK GETTING ONE WITH A SMOKING BAN! Our City Council say they are PRO-CASINO, BUT THEIR ACTIONS SAY DIFERENTLY. In the meeting they tell you that smoking bans will increase revenue in the local bars like it did in Chicago. We are not Chicago we are a small city where people will drive to the next town to drink and smoke.

    The last time I checked most residents in Diamondhead were Republicans. I feel like right now this is becoming a Democratic city with the Liberals taking over with all their viewpoints and rules. What next no large Soft drinks at BK.

    #4040

    agc409
    Participant

    As long as it is put to a city vote, I would support it. Put it on the ballot and see what happens.

    #4041

    Jhourin
    Participant

    Leave it to the business owner. Government has no business (pun intended) in banning anything that is not an illegal activity.

    #4042

    barber1980
    Member

    The council says that they will LOOK at all the information provided from the SMOKE FREE COALITION. Then they will make the decision. There will be NO PUBLIC VOTE. I would believe the information provided would be BIASED coming from an smoke free coalition. I smoke and wouldn’t mind walking outside to smoke. I just look at it from a business standpoint. If the entire golf Coast area was smoke-free and it would be no problem because we wouldn’t lose the commerce.

    This band only affects four places: Waffle House, Red Zone, Diamondhead Hotel, and The Lounge in the Bowling Alley. There are plenty of the places that people who don’t smoke can enjoy themselves having a drink or eating. Right now this is the number one reason
    most people go to the country club and eat and drink. I think there are enough businesses here where everyone can be satisfied. IF YOU DON’T LIKE SMOKE DON’T PATRONIZE THOSE BUSINESSES.

    #4043

    I think that each of us who posts an opinion on this should state if they are a smoker or not.

    I am an ex-smoker.

    #4044

    macfish47
    Participant

    Every place I have lived has passed a smoking in business establishments ban. Every place has had nay-sayers who thought restaurants and bars would lose customers. That has not happened in any of the 3 places I lived before. None of the businesses that said they would close did so. I am a non-smoker. Smoking causes serious health problems. We all end up paying higher medical costs.

    I believe a public vote is appropriate but that was not used in the last place I lived.

    #4045

    I do not smoke and I thinnk this is a rediculous idea. If the city council wants smoke free businesses they should each open one and run the economic risks rather than demand that all businesses should be smoke free.

    #4046

    agc409
    Participant

    Smoker

    #4047

    agc409
    Participant

    macfish47 – 2013-02-03 2:31 PM

    Every place I have lived has passed a smoking in business establishments ban. Every place has had nay-sayers who thought restaurants and bars would lose customers. That has not happened in any of the 3 places I lived before. None of the businesses that said they would close did so. I am a non-smoker. Smoking causes serious health problems. We all end up paying higher medical costs.

    I believe a public vote is appropriate but that was not used in the last place I lived.

    Smoking is a personal choice. Secondhand smoke is annoying and aggravates existing conditions, but I have never found unbiased data to indicate it causes health problems in non-smokers. Just because you heard it somewhere does not make it true.

    I absolutely agree the government, at whatever level, has no authority to dictate how a business owner should operate. But, if the people were to vote and a ban passed, so be it. But go there and next will be dog barking. I personally own zero dogs but am audibly assaulted by barking every time I enter my backyard. Every neighbor with an adjoining backyard has a dog and once one begins, the rest join in. So ban smoking for the comfort of non-smokers, and I want a dog ban to follow, immediately.

    #4048

    termites2000
    Member

    Non-smoker here. This should be the business owners decision. All adults make their own decisions. I’m getting tired of the government taking more and more control of my daily life.

    #4049

    Richardc75
    Member

    Doesn’t the new Administration have anything better to do than try and trample on our legal free choise as to wether to smoke or not. Get a life people. I’m a non-smoker.

    #4051

    BurlN
    Member

    The city need to run a consultative budget, and look at helping to make this a stronger community, and not tear it apart.
    Burl

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