New Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect

(WVLT) - Smoking in most Tennessee restaurants and office buildings is now illegal.

The new "Tennessee Non-Smokers Protection Act" goes into effect Monday.

The new law bans smoking in most places where people work.

Restaurants across East Tennessee and the rest of the state have done away with smoking sections.

A person who knowingly smokes in a prohibited area is subject to a $50 fine, and businesses also face fines for repeat violations.

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  • by smoker tn Location: strawplains on Oct 5, 2007 at 06:26 PM
    Ok people smoking is not good for you.. but the ones that have never been hit by a drunk driver at 7 30 am taking youe kids to school shut up... I about lost my kids and nepews and myslef due to a man that was so drunk he about killed us all, and you are worring about the smell stay home.I am sure the one that are for smoking ban are all drinkers. Lets take that out as well see how you guys like it...only in places 21 or older.....until you about lose you kids in something like that a drunk smoking to me well i can handle that.I respect people that dont smoke as i will not lite up around them, but i have no respect for drunks...
  • by Lacey Location: Sevierville on Oct 3, 2007 at 02:20 PM
    I agree 100% with John from Knoxville. Others commenting on here about "freedom" and "my rights" and "drinking" are making these childish, random, pointless comments because they know they are fighting a losing battle. It's true that you can't stop someone from fighting infron of your kids, and you can't guarantee that you won't encounter a drunk driver at some time and yes, we do live in a far from perfect world. But every little bit we can do to make it better is well worth it. 2nd hand smoke doesn't bother me, but I know it does others, just like litter, exhaust, jay-walkers, and a million other things society does.If smoking outside or in your car is a HUGE inconvience, then you can pick un another habit that is going to decrease your lifespan like every other American. Try BigMacs or other cancer-causing substances like hot dogs!
  • by john Location: knoxville on Oct 3, 2007 at 12:05 PM
    As a non-smoker, I choose not to participate in an activity that clearly increases your chances of having cancer, emphysema and other illnesses. Smokers choose to take on those risks, but by smoking in public, they extend those risks to anyone who is breathing in that smoke. America is a free country, but it is not a "right" to put other people's health at risk. The new law does not take away your right to smoke, it just says you can't do it indoors in a public building, where it has the potential to affect the health of others. Is it the end of the world that you have to step outside to have a cigarette? Heck, that extra exercise might help offset the adverse effects smoking has on your lungs,
  • by listener Location: Madisonville on Oct 3, 2007 at 11:28 AM
    I think the ban was a good thing. I know you smokers out there think it isn't. I used to be a smoker and I had the same opinion as you. Smoking was my right and why should they take it away. Well, alot of places now still have a smoking area. It's not being totally taken away in public, you just have to get up and walk to the other place. I mean, there were places you couldn't smoke in before why such a big deal that you can't do it in restaurants, etc. You can't smoke in hospitals but people didn't gripe and complain about that. My point being, there are a lot of places you couldn't smoke before, now they've just added a few more places. I used to smoke, Then I quit. My mom is a smoker and she complains just like everyone else. I told her that, just once, I would like to put her in a box and blow in some thick stinking odor and make her stand in it for 20 min,with no fresh air, then put her in it everday for a week and see how she felt about that. It's the same thing.
  • by maggie nola on Oct 3, 2007 at 09:44 AM
    freedom? freedom to smoke? no ... listen, freedom is never meant to exist 'unchecked'. go back to the constitution, and to the subsequent interpretations rendered consistently by courts. remember that quote about the individual liberty ending when the public peril begins? I should be free to swing my golf club, right? but what if I'm standing in your dining room facing your china cabinet? still wanna defend my right to swing the club? think people. smoking should be allowed for individuals -- we have the right to do most any harm to ourselves. But when one person's behavior impacts the safety of another (ie the public peril) then guess what smokers? take your butts outta here.
  • by Randy Location: Knoxville on Oct 3, 2007 at 09:20 AM
    DEB WHY ARE YOU YELLING? TAKE OFF THE CAPS LOCK....and discuss this like an adult, if you are capable of that. First of all, I love how you use the extreme example of drunk driving to try and shift the debate, seeing as you have no valid rebuttal to my point. So just because we have other people breaking the law and their violation is egregious we should not address a public health issue and issue of courtesy? They made very lenient concessions in this, and its more than fair. If you think its unfair or unjust, start a statewide petition, bring it to the attention of your State Representatives, and try to get a change enacted. As for someone starting a fight in front of my kids/family, that is a baseless and frankly quite stupid argument that reeks of immaturity.
  • by Diane Location: Knoxville on Oct 2, 2007 at 08:38 PM
    It is truly amazing that we as a society think we must live in some perfect world and guess what? There isn't such a place, as soon as you get rid of the smokers, who else are you going to harass? I thought we were free in America or even Free in TN, guess not. People choose to do what they do. People choose not do do what they do, in order to be free you have to accept everyone's differences. What happened to freedom to choose?????? Really do you think you are protecting your children, how many of you the nonsmokers have kids who smoke, oh yea you don't know about that do you. Now it has become the forbidden fruit.
  • by cheryl Location: knoxville on Oct 2, 2007 at 03:52 PM
    Thank you Randy for your comparison. As for concerned, you stay home and eat.
  • by me Location: knoxville on Oct 2, 2007 at 02:55 PM
    so what is big brother going to take from us next? fat people can't eat fast food? or maybe the police won't need search warrants anymore...o yeah that already happened it is called the patriot act. i do not smoke but it dosn't bother me. what does bother me is the government takeing away our freedom. is freedom of speech next?
  • by Concerned Location: Maryville on Oct 2, 2007 at 12:24 PM
    Why don't you crybaby non-smokers eat at home? That way you wont have to smell the bus and car exhaust when you go out. WAH
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