As Maryland State lawmakers close-in on a statewide smoking ban, restaurants are expecting changes on their end.
Warren Custis of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) in Salisbury says bars and restaurants will miss out on a major part of their business.
“It’s wrong to try to tell someone where to smoke at,” said Custis.
Custis also mentions that businesses spend lots of money installing smoke eaters. This device sucks up the smoke when its in the air allowing for separate smoking and non-smoking sections.
“Restaurants and bars have them, now it’s useless,” said Custis.
“They tell me they’re expensive to run, some places run them and some don’t,” said Don Kersey.
The statewide smoking ban includes bars, restaurants, and private clubs. Lawmakers tentatively agreed to the ban last week, a formal agreement may be reached Monday. The bill then heads to Governor Martin O’Malley, who plans to sign it.
Maryland would join Washington D.C. and Delaware with statewide smoking bans.