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AL: City Smoking Ban

The city of Daphne’s smoking ban will go into effect Thursday and at least one local restaurant is already recognizing its loss of regular customers.

At Baumhower’s Wings restaurant, bartender Sheila Bolton told her smoking customers a week in advance that starting Thursday smoking would be banned at all restaurants in Daphne, while it will be allowed at bars that primarily make money from alcohol sales.

“That’s probably where a lot of them are tonight, at a bar, and we might have lost those people for good,” Bolton said on a recent night.

The ordinance prohibits smoking in all Daphne restaurants. It allows smoking in bars, private clubs, tobacco shops and in designated smoking rooms in hotels.

This has been in effect in MS for nearly a month and so far one business has closed and another is getting rid to food so that their regulars will return.  I am not a fan of this type of intrusion ontpo people’s lives but it is a wave and it will pass.

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