Outdoors Needs A Non-Smoking Section

This is a pet peeve. Restaurants have smoking and nonsmoking sections — indoors. If you want to eat outdoors you have only one choice. Invariably as you are enjoying the sunshine, fresh air, and a nice meal, the inconsiderate clod at the table next to you lights up and starts polluting your air space. It seems that there is no obligation, legal or moral, for restaurants to provide a smoke-free area for seating outside the restaurant. This may not be true in every state, but it is true here in Kentucky. So the smokers get to enjoy eating outdoors while nonsmokers who want to do the same are forced to breathe in vile toxic clouds of smoke. So much for fresh air. This situation is outlawed inside the restaurant; it should be outlawed outside as well. For that matter why do we put up with being forced to walk past a crowd of smokers congregated outside the entrance to get into a building? We don’t allow cars belching smoke out their exhausts to drive around polluting the air we breathe. Why do we allow smokers to do the same thing?
It’s time to declare the great outdoors a smoke-free environment and ban public smoking.

Categorized as Politics

By mannd

I am a retired cardiac electrophysiologist who has worked both in private practice in Louisville, Kentucky and as a Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver. I am interested not only in medicine, but also in computer programming, music, science fiction, fantasy, 30s pulp literature, and a whole lot more.


  1. There is always take-out 🙂

    Just kidding, I agree that there should be an option where you sit where you like indoor or outdoor without being bothered by smoke. It ruins my appetite. 🙂

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