This is the first report I’ve seen from a newly smoke-free area of the state. Apparently, life has indeed gone on without smoking in bars and restaurants:
New faces, atmosphere since ban on smoking
â€œThe first few weeks, there was an initial buzz where thatâ€™s all everyone was talking about,â€ Shol said. â€œBut then things got back to normal. We havenâ€™t lost any regulars. We gained a few we havenâ€™t seen in a while â€” they couldnâ€™t come in here because of the smoke because they had health restrictions.â€
â€œIt smells good and I can breath better,â€ said one Viking regular, who wished to remain anonymous. â€œItâ€™s not so smoky.â€ However, she said, she wouldnâ€™t have stopped patronizing the Viking even if it hadnâ€™t gone smoke-free.
It’s funny that some people were told not to go into smoky bars by their doctors. That’s kind of like the warnings on the side of cigarette packs. You may not want to smoke if you’re pregnant. Actually, you may not want to smoke if you’re lung-dependent.