In September 2003, the Fayetteville City Council passed a city-wide ordinance banning smoking in restaurants and bars that served food.
That ordinance was upheld by a public vote five months later, and Fayetteville’s eating establishments have been officially smoke-free since March 11, 2004.
Now, almost seven years later, The Northwest Arkansas Tobacco-Free Coalition has scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at US Pizza to gauge public support for extending Fayetteville’s smoking ban to include all bars and taverns.
From the Facebook Event:
Arkansas still ranks 4th in the US in deaths due to lung cancer, cardiovascular disease and Number 1 for Stroke- with secondhand smoke and smoking being a major contributor to those deaths. Breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time can damage cells and set the cancer process in motion. That brief exposure can have immediate harmful effects on blood and blood vessels, potentially increasing the risk of a heart attack. Secondhand smoke levels in bars are 390-610% higher than in offices that permit smoking — and 450% higher than in homes with a smoker.
We believe everyone deserves the right to a smoke-free workplace. Join Tobacco-Free advocates for a Public Meeting to gather input on Smoke-Free Bars and Taverns.
There are five bars in Fayetteville (Crown Pub, Maxine’s, Smoke & Barrel Tavern, Speakeasy, and Sideways) that have voluntarily gone smoke-free in the past few years.
Would you support an ordinance to make all bars in Fayetteville smoke-free? Why or why not?
Our previous poll question was “What should Arkansas’ nickname be?”
The results as of February 8, 2011:
81% – Let’s stick with The Natural State
17% – No way. The Land of Opportunity is better
2% – Something else.