smoking ban

November 30th, 2009 · 9 Comments · By

The restaurant smoking ban has made its way to Virginia and will be effective in just a matter of hours. Those exempt include private clubs and businesses providing “a separately structured and ventilated room” for smokers. I know the Tea House is installing doors to partition the front from the back so no more hookahs up front and I’ve heard smoking will still be allowed at the bar at C and O because it meets requirements. Of course this implies changes at other places hosting music like The Box, Blue Moon, and James’ beloved Outback Lodge (which is apparently still having shows.) However, the ban will be enforced by the Virginia Department of Health, which operates on a 9-5 schedule, so I really don’t know how they are going to enforce it during late night hours. I have gleaned this information from Facts about the Virginia Restaurant Smoking Ban. Feel free to contribute!

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  • 1 baconfat // Nov 30, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    i propose swift and merciless vigilante justice for anyone caught breaking the smoking ban. bringing lynch mobs back for 2010, y’all.

    that reminds me: “the murder of mary phagan” was a great fucking miniseries.

  • 2 steev // Nov 30, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    gotta say as a disoriented transplant/non-smoker who “came of age” in post-smoking ban NYC, that i am pretty stoked!!! though terrible for you, i don’t mind breathing smoke, it just fucks up my already-lax laundry/hairwashing cycle to reek of it.

    c’mon beloved smokers, leave smoking to the REALLY COOL folks (13 year olds).

  • 3 John // Nov 30, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I second steev’s sentiments. Having been in Brooklyn for a year, one of the things that I’ve started to take for granted is the joy of getting home from a show and not reek of smoke.

  • 4 James // Nov 30, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    over the past year or two, so many Virginians have tried to insist to me (often while drunk, in bars) that a smoking ban would “never actually happen” in a place like Virginia, because it will “put all the bars out of business” and because “Virginia is a tobacco state.”

    to which I replied: I lived in LA when they banned smoking there. I lived in New York when they banned smoking there. it did not “ruin the local economy” in either of those gargantuan cities when that happened. all that happened was: it became possible to go to bars and/or see a show without smelling like cancer when you left. heck, if fucking Paris, France can successfully ban indoor public smoking, so can lil’ ol’ Cville.

    to those who cite the smoking ban as an insult to personal freedom, who maintain that those who don’t want to smell like smoke shouldn’t go to a restaurant, bar, or venue — here’s the difference: hanging out in a bar full of drunks won’t make you intoxicated. hanging out in a bar full of smokers WILL make your clothes reek, make your eyes red, and increase your likelihood of dying prematurely. besides, where are all us non-smokers supposed to drink and see music?

    and the “tobacco state” example is ludicrous, as if there was a 1:1 ratio of tobacco grown here to cigarettes smoked in-state. all that’s gonna happen now is that smokers are gonna have to step outside for a cigarette when out on the town. and if you have to go out in the cold and/or rain to do so? well, boo fucking hoo. standing in the rain isn’t gonna give you cancer. if you ended up having to heavily re-think your devotion to smoking as a result, i won’t exactly be heartbroken on your behalf.

    please don’t think i hate smokers or whatever. i’ve dated smokers. i live with a house full of smokers. but they’re all the kind who take their smoking outside, where it belongs.

    in short: huzzah for the smoking ban!!! i’m really looking forward to it.

  • 5 James // Nov 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    also of note: Steve Richmond is DJing at the Box tonight. a fairly well-established local DJ, and a Plan 9 employee from throughout my adolescence, and a nice guy as well, Steve is worth hearing. if memory serves he does soul and funk stuff and garage rock and 60’s brit pop and mod music and 80’s new wave guilty-pleasure jams and that sort of thing. although it’s a cold, rainy, and tiresome Monday, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have to pop across the tracks to grab a drink or three and shake a leg.

    um… I’m assuming that smoking ban is gonna go into effect tomorrow morning, and not at midnight tonight? I pity the bar employee who might have to attempt to convince everyone to extinguish their butts at 12:00. as thrilled as I am about the smoking ban, I’d be more than willing to give everyone 2 extra hours grace on the issue.

  • 6 James // Dec 1, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I smoked a cigarette last night, to demonstrate solidarity re: the smoking ban. It was maybe the 10th or 12th cigarette of my entire life, and the first in over 6 years. It was pretty fucking gross.

  • 7 Sarah // Dec 1, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    as a nonsmoking bartender, i am pretty happy about this ban. working at the box definitely exacerbated my terrible and chronic sinus infection and my coworkers and i could all complain about a fuzziness we felt in our nasal passages. so in theory, this is great.

  • 8 Vijith Assar // Dec 1, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Hell yeah.

  • 9 healthkicker // Dec 3, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    +100