A few weeks ago, I ate lunch with a friend in Kingsport at a wonderful, downtown, country cooking restaurant. The food was great, but the meal was spoiled when three women at an adjoining table lit cigarettes and fouled the air for the entire room.
The News Sentinel has an article discussing smoking in public places in Tennessee. Seems that the enlightened legislature passed “an amendment to a series of smoking laws passed in Tennessee in 1994
prohibits local governments from passing a law banning or regulating
the use of tobacco products.”
Communities that want to lure culture and heritage-minded tourists should encourage local restaurants to reduce or eliminate smoking. It’s the right thing–and the smart thing–to do.