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POLL: How Do You Feel about the New Outdoor Smoking Restrictions?

The City Council voted last week to make smoking on outdoor patios and near windows and doors of local businesses punishable by a $50 fine. Local bar and restaurant owners are opposed.

On Tuesday night, Feb. 14, the Mountain View City Council voted 4-3 in favor of tighter restrictions on smoking outdoors in the city.

The new restrictions make it illegal to smoke within 25 feet of outdoor patios, and windows and doorways of work places.

Many downtown business owners - especially owners of bars, restaurants and nightclubs - are opposed to the new law, and feel it will effect business by driving away customers who smoke. In some cases, bar owners are claiming it will force them to shut down their outdoor patios.

A large group of locals appeared before the Council Tuesday, speaking out against the law, and recently, a petition with nearly 1,100 signatures opposing it. However, the efforts were not able to sway enough council members to vote against the new law.

The new restrictions go into effect in 90 days and carry with them a $50 citation for violations.

We want to know - what do you think?

Smokers and non-smokers alike, will the new restrictions change the way you patronize Mountain View businesses? Please take a moment and vote in our anonymous poll.

Marlene Bakken February 22, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Tobacco Control has killed socialization and damaged the psyche of entire populations. The elite Prohibitionists would subjugate the "peasantry" to a feudal system with social posturing and make-believe morality. They present ridiculous evidence to further an agenda and perpetuate a myth that the impact smokers have on the interactions of people is automatically detrimental and always negative. They overlook the fact that different cultures have lived side by side for centuries without consequence and caused untold damage as drug pushers for chemicals, yet use of a natural plant has become criminal. They aren't afraid that too many smokers will harm others, they're afraid that too many smokers would force their demise, and this has gone above and beyond insanity!
smartin February 23, 2012 at 06:14 PM
THe cities of MAcon And Augusta Georgia just refused to pass a smoking ban in bars, and the State of Kansas is working House Bill 2690 to allow bars to be exempt from the smoking ban. Hawaii is working HB 2390 for the same reason. Is the City Council braindead?
Lynda R Farley February 24, 2012 at 05:54 AM
Outdoor smoking bans are IDIOTIC and MEAN SPIRITED, and should be IGNORED.

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