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Smoke-free list of restaurants, bars shows many options exist

In your June 20 edition, you list smoke-free restaurants and bars in Summit County.

By my count, there are 133 establishments on that list – and the number is sure to grow.

Even though I’m a smoker, I am in favor of business owners making the decision to go smoke-free.

Your list, however, makes it clear that those who wish to avoid restaurants and bars where smoking is prohibited have plenty of choices.

And, speaking of choices, those who want to work in a smoke-free environment also have numerous employment options.

Employees – or potential employees – who are concerned about the possible health risks of secondhand smoke are free to work in places that forbid smoking. (And I have yet to see any hard statistical evidence – or even anecdotal evidence – of smoking-related illnesses among waitstaff or bartenders.)

My point is that there should be choice in this issue: choice for business owners, choice for employees and choice for smokers and nonsmokers alike.

Currently, these choices exist. Let’s not have the government take our choices away.

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