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State wide smoking ban considered

February 24, 2004

Thomasville - Tub Adams manages Foggy Bottom, a restaurant by day, bar by night. He says where there is alcohol, there will also be tobacco. Adams says, "All my life, you know, if somebody's having a cocktail, they're going to have a smoke, you know? We wouldn't like it. I wouldn't like it."

Neither would regular customer Cecil Ouzts, who comes here for the Brunswick stew, and one other reason. He says, "Well, for me it would be inconvenient, but that's one of the reason's I come here, because I can smoke at the table after I get through eating."

Ouzts says a smoking ban won't stop him from coming to Foggy Bottom, but he won't spend as much time here either. "While you don't chose to smoke, maybe I do," says Ouzts. "If I've got to get up and leave the restaurant to smoke afterwards, I'll definitely spend less time and therefore spend less money."

Money that would otherwise pay Tub Adams' salary. Adams says, "I don't think city Government, and sure not State Government you know, tell us what we can do and what we can't do."

And until a ban is enforced, Ouzts and other customers will continue to have that after dinner smoke. A smoking ban went into effect January 1st in Bainbridge, and a ban goes into effect Monday, March 1st, in Valdosta.

posted at 5:15 PM by karen.collier@walb.com

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