Restaurants React to Proposed Smoking Ban

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

January 7, 2008

When the 60-day legislative session begins in Richmond on Wednesday, Governor Tim Kaine will try once again to ban smoking in all Virginia restaurants.

Kaine said the ban is needed to protect workers and patrons from second-hand smoke at restaurants.

in the proposal a restaurant is defined as any establishment where food is available for sale and consumption by the general public.

Governor Kaine says that Virginia must act to protect the works and consumers in its restaurants.

"To have a 50% elevated risk of dying from lung cancer because you happen to work in as a waitress or a cook or a bartender, you
know, we just shouldn't tolerate that," said Gov. Kaine.

"I think I would appreciate it more, so I won't go home smelling like cigarette smoke, or my hair won't stink at the end of the night, and I don't have to breathe it if I don't want to," said Jane Hanger, a server at Wild Wing Cafe in Charlottesville.

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