Businesses Concerned about Smoking Ban

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Every year we hear more about smoking and the risks that go along with it, and local health departments are making moves to keep smoke outside.

Starting October 1st, smokers in West Virginia won't be allowed to light up at any indoor business.

That includes restaurants and bars, and some of these local businesses are concerned about what will happen to them financially.

For 12 years David Caltrider has been a bartender at Overtime, a bar in Parkersburg.

I'll probably have to find another job," Cartider said.

The reason being that in just a few weeks, no smoking will be allowed in the bar.

"We're going to be out working after hours in times people aren't used to seeing us; inspecting restaurants, bars, video lotteries, those types of places," Tim Miller, with the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, said. "The first time we find them smoking, they will get a warning. The second time we will go to court."

This is something Allison Montgomery, a customer at Overtime, isn't happy to hear.

"I like to socialize with my friends and I'm a smoker, so if I can't do it, then I"m gonna stay home," Montgomery said.

This is the exact reason that David is concerned.

"Well financially it will definitely affect me if I have people not coming in, because most of my income is from gratuities," Caltrider said.

The health department said that all of these businesses will be checked equally, unless there are complaints, which will be checked immediately.

Ohio already has a law on the books that prohibits smoking indoors.

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  • by john Location: wv on Sep 30, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    A drop in health care? From what?? This isnt a ban on smoking..its a ban from smoking in public places such as restaurants, bars, and gambling shops. People will continue to smoke just not in these places. I am a smoker and agree that it should be up to the owner of the establishment as to if its smoking or non smoking. We all have to right to smoke but we DO NOT have the right to subject others to our bad habits. Bottom line.
  • by Billy Location: Ohio on Sep 12, 2008 at 08:09 PM
    If this idea is so great for business why does a law need to be made to shove it down the publics throat? Another point is, what business complains about making millions of dollars in business, the Heath Care Industry! What happens if their is a drop in health care cost to the state? Will you get lower taxes, lower insurance cost, discounted doctor office visits, private nurses for a hospital room? On the other hand how about empty hospital beds as every one is in good health which will close most of your smaller local hospitals? Would the health care industry play the utilities reasoning and say well you not using enough of our service so we need to charge more? Why can't reporters ask these questions?
  • by HistoryBuff Location: Ohio on Sep 10, 2008 at 11:44 PM
    West Virginia used to be a nice place to visit. NO MORE! Thanks for the memories but I'll spend my money elsewhere or bank it from now on. If you want to pass laws built on deceits and funded by an industry for corporate greed, that is your choice. I will not support it.
  • by Scott Location: Belleville WV on Sep 10, 2008 at 08:01 AM
    They have smoke eaters in most of these bars ,I know for a fact Todd and Amy do at Overtime!Even though other Economical factors keep me from hanging in bars as much as I wish I could and this ban really won't effect my barlife,I have seen the Huge Economic factors the Tax Loss has caused in Ohio,my Daughter is a Senoir at West Muskigam High school and her mother or big sister has to drive her 6 miles to School every day or worse let her drive herself cause they don't have it in the budget to run buses this year after the rise in fuel and loss of taxes from alcohol sales at thier bars and resturaunts.We will see the same thing here and while we won't see a fall in deaths of adults from second-hand smoke ,we will see a rise in teenage deaths from inexperience drivers out there! The least they could of done was let us vote on it!One more thing is the veterans who I socialized with at these bars who won't go where they can't smoke will fade alot faster w/o socialization!
  • by Outraged Location: Parkersburg on Sep 10, 2008 at 07:38 AM
    Since when did the Health Department become a LAW MAKER?! Business owners should have the right to allow or dis-allow smoking in their astablishments. This is a FREE country and it is the RIGHT of the people to smoke or not to smoke. Designated sections in resturants are good. If you don't like smoking in a bar or private club - DON'T GO IN IT! Maybe it is time for a revolution since our rights as a free people are being taken away piece by piece.
  • by Billy Location: eastern Ohio on Sep 10, 2008 at 06:19 AM
    Let me get this straight the Health Care millionaires wants to reduce their business by billions of dollars in health related medical care because of smoking? Will the tax payers or consumer see lower health care insurance? Why hasn't the press ask these questions? If hospital beds are not used then hospitals close correct? With the health care industry ripping the consumer off perhaps we should look at the health care industry as a industry instead of the MERCY DEDICATED NON PROFITS designation they pretend to be. Tax them at the same rate as any other business. Break up their monopoly's on medical testing, pharmaceutical pay backs, malpractice issues! Has anyone seen a starving doctors office call sale? Bottom line is the health care industry has now set it's self serving interest into the government, fully entrenched to where even little peeons with a health inspector tin badge can think they are the gestopo
  • by Reverendcrash Location: Ohio on Sep 10, 2008 at 05:30 AM
    Having been Born In Philippi W.Va. scene of the First Land Battle of the Civil War,I have always had pride in my Appalachian Heritage.I fully support the Business Owners who refuse to let Socialist Dictate terms of living for them. I remember what it was like when the Coal Mines and the Company store went Hand in Hand. The Forces behind the Ban and the Supporters of it are the same Kind of People as the Mine Owners and Company Store Operators of OLD. My Family fought and Died to rid West Virginia of that kind of Trash. They didn't care about your Health then and they don't care about your Health now. Remember only 17 cents of every dollar contributed to the American Cancer Society goes to finding a cure. The rest goes to Dinner Parties, Golf Outings,Political Funraisers and paying People who can't get a real Job. If you want to live in a Socialist Nation move to California.Don't Forget the Lessons learned from the company Store!
  • by Tom Location: Thunder Bay on Sep 9, 2008 at 09:48 PM
    Smoking bans is against the law to use or permit a legal product on 'private' property. Is this the American way. Smoke from tobacco is a statistically insignificant health risk. No smoking laws are not about health and they never were about health. It is all about de-normalizing smoking. Passing no-smoking laws is a big step in that direction.Unfortunately the hospitality industry is caught in the cross-fire
  • by HistoryBuff Location: Ohio on Sep 9, 2008 at 08:53 PM
    West Virginia will see the decline of customers and sales tax as Ohio has done. The Ohio stats are on line thru the Ohio government site. The leisure industry is way down and started downward THE DAY the Ohio ban went in. Many private businesses closed almost immediately and others are hanging on only due to breaking the law or draining personal equity. Those that are (or were) newer are now closed too. Three hundred may close, two hundred new may try. Learn to read the stats and how to match other info not shown in stats to the stats. ..... Michigan is now questioning all the deceits behind the smoking bans. Most know it is a giant, long term plan and scam paid for by the PHARMACEUTICAL industry that profits (the no smoke products). They want to own tobacco for the good it does. See Google! ..... FYI: Tobacco is in the same food group as tomato, potato, cauliflower & other foods. They ALL contain nicotine! ... Maybe we are banning the wrong things. Deceits should banned.
  • by Lee Location: Ohio on Sep 9, 2008 at 08:00 PM
    Bars had better worry! Ohio's bars lost over 67.44 million dollars in potential sales in 2007. Our unemployment is the highest it's been in 16 years with Hospitality/Leisure Industry topping the list. And, FYI, Ohio has a Senate Bill 346 introduced to exempt family owned businesses, private clubs and outdoor patios from the ban. SmokeFree Ohio lied about no harm to businesses, they also pulled a "bait and switch" on the voters. The ballot language at the polls exempted family owned businesses, private clubs and outdoor patios. The small print no where near a voting booth claimed "with no customers" and "not open to the public" took away those exemptions. The anti smokers lie to get their agendas pushed no matter what.
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