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Kick Butts Day

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

It's not quite an addition to the menu, but something dozens of Floyd County restaurants served on Wednesday... An entire day of smoke free dining.

"I think it's great! We enjoy going to places that are smoke free or we usually sit in the smoke free section," say Jim Carter of Prestonsburg.

About 50 restaurants in Floyd County, asked people to leave their cigarette butts at the door.

"I was tickled to death, because I knew I'd be able to breathe and eat at the same time. I've got asthma real bad," says Suzi Wright of Pikeville.

Other diners with medical conditions, and some former smokers, say they are thankful for a meal out without the smoke.

James Henson of Prestonsburg says, "I think it's a great deal because I have emphazema and all you young kids that are smoking today, I would tell you to quit smoking."

Managers at Billy Ray's say most smokers did not mind putting their cigarettes away for one day.

"If it was really smokey I wouldn't come in, I'd have to go to somewhere else to eat," says Henson.

"The Pikeville restaurants are smoke free. So it's a lot better to go out to eat. You don't have to deal with the cigarette smoke or the tobacco from cigars. It's a lot more pleasant," says Wright. She says she hopes to see Floyd County restaurants go smoke free for more than just one day a year.

The Floyd County Health Department hopes Kick Butts Day promotes smoke free dining and healthy lifestyles for teens.

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