Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Smoking ban solution in Midland

The recent proposal by city council to enact a 100% smoking ban in Midland is creating quite a debate between smokers and non-smokers. The smokers are mainly using the "freedom" arguement, and the non-smokers are using the "harm" aspect. However, I have a proposal that would allow the smokers to smoke, and the non-smokers to enjoy the fresh air that they love to breath. Divide a restaurant into 3 sections. Smoking, "I don't care", and non-smoking. The "I don't care" section would consist of non-smokers who don't mind the second hand smoke, in hopes of getting seated faster. There are quite a few people who when asked "smoking or non-smoking" say it doesn't matter. The "I don't care" section would also act as a barrier between the smokers and the non-smokers.

Also, ventilation should be added to the restaurant. The air conditioner and heater vents that blow air into the restaurant should be located in the non-smoking setions, and the ventilation blowing the restaurant air outside should be in the smoking sections. That way, with the air movement, clean air is filtering into the smoking section, instead of the smoke filtering into the non-smoking section.

Another possibilty should be the use of those Sharper Image Ionic Breeze air filters that you see on TV infomercials at 3 in the morning. Putting 2 or three of these in a restaurant would clear out the smoke and bring a clean smell to the air. Although expensive, they would be worth the investment, as smokers and non-smokers alike would enjoy their dining experience and not find somewhere else to eat that fits their needs.

Buisnesses in Midland should be exempt from the smoking ban if they take one of these measures. Freedom is important, but we are not free to harm other people with our habits. Are we allowed to go out and kill people just because we're free? NO! Freedom does not mean do what you want. But if restaurants undergo a few simple changes, then smokers and non-smokers can dine in harmony. The 3 section idea would not take any changes what-so-ever. Just less seating in each section, and designating another middle area as "I don't care." The ventilation idea may take some minor construction/renovation work. The Sharper Image air purifier idea would just take a minor investment (less than $1,000 for 3), however that's couch change for most restaurants.



Blogger Eric said...

Bert, don't fall for the Sharper Image marketing hype surrounding that Ionic Breeze. We've got one at home, and I'm here to tell you it would take a hundred of them to keep a smoky room clear...and I'm not convinced even that would be sufficient.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Bert said...

Even though they don't have a high capacity (I assume that's the reason it wouldn't clear out a big room), it does smell very very fresh when it comes out! We sell them up at Circuit City and I love standing over near the display endcap!

Perhaps a small one at every smokers table may do the trick! Haha that'd cost an arm and a leg.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those Sharper Image units are a sham as tested by Consumer Reports some time back! They were at the bottom of the list in performance, and I mean way down! They make units just for this knid of thing just talk with Scoot Gunn at the bar as he has like 5 commercial units installed there! Just an FYI for ya.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Bert said...

They seem to work best in a sealed, already clean room. You're right they probably wouldn't do anything to a smokey atmosphere. There has to be a stronger and bigger unit that can be developed by Sharper Image or someone else, that would be able to combat a smokey restaurant. Perhaps the Eurasian could invent it!

11:12 AM  
Blogger jon said...

While searching for new carrier air conditioner info for my house I stumbled onto your blog. I totally agree!


9:36 PM  

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