Smoking inside could be a thing of the past with proposed legislation

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

Sam's Restaurant in Scott county is one of the few spots where you can still light up inside.

"Non smokers have rights but as as smokers, have rights also," says George Lewis, a customer of Sam's.

"This ain't a communist country, or it ain't supposed to be. But, it's getting more like it every day," says another Sam's customer, Billy Barnes.

Customers come for the food but also for the freedom,"It's really hard to find a place where you can smoke. We have two places in town. Here at Sam's and the Waffle House over on Cherry Blossom," says Lewis.

Half of the customers at Sam's are smokers, according to the owner. A statewide ban could have a big impact on business,"It would probably slow business down for awhile," says co-owner of Sam's, Borris Shellig.

"I can do without them. If we go to Frische's or anywhere else, I can sit an hour or two without them. It's not that I have to have them, but I think it ought to be a point that if we want to come in and have them, then we ought to be able to have them," adds Lewis.

"We're not asking people not to smoke. We're just asking for them to take it outside," says State Representative, Susan Westrom.

Inside of Sam's, the customers are divided. Those that smoke want to continue smoking inside, but those in the non-smoking section are supportive of the proposed changes.

"I do not like it at all. It gives me a headache," says Hallie Baker, a customer at Sam's Restaurant.

"Now we've got the scientific information that secondhand smoke is just as damaging as first hand smoke. And people who don't smoke should really have the opportunity to breathe clean air where they work and where they are publicly," Representative Westrom adds.

"We all come up here, meet, and have a good time. As long as it don't bother us, the people that don't like it they can go in the back," Barnes says.

The owner of Sam's tells WKYT that he does have plans to make the restaurant smoke-free eventually. While he doesn't want to lose the business of his customers that do smoke, he wants to encourage families to bring their children in.

Tomorrow at 1 o'clock in Frankfort, Representative Westrom will be speaking on behalf of this new legislation to establish a comprehensive, statewide, indoor smoke-free law.


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