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County-wide smoking ban passed

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County council passed a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars by a vote of 14-to-1, and Onorato is expected to approve it.

http://post-gazette.com/pg/06270/725335-85.stm

I think this is great news. Many other cities and states have done it, and I am glad to see we are too. Now people who work in or patronize local restaurants and bars will not have to inhale second-hand smoke or come away smelling like an ash tray.

I know some business owners are worried they will lose money, but that has not happened in other places with such bans. And places that specialize in tobacco products (such as cigar bars) are exempt anyway.

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Yes! Finally, to be able to go to anywhere you want for a drink and not have to come home smelling like an ashtray. That's an improvement for our nightlife IMO.

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Agreed. I can't stand getting smoke in my eyes and lungs and coming home smelling like smoke. This will indeed be a big upgrade for Pittsburgh's nightlife and dining scenes. yay!

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Definitely a step in the right direction for Pittsburgh. Smokers will continue to go out and spend money regardless of the ban.

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I'm ecstatic Allegheny County has taken this progressive move.

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I am anxious to go to Sharp Edge and not have to sit in the smoking section waiting for a table. I have actually been avoiding the place, despite their great food, because I always came out stinking.

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what is this Sharp Edge place everybody's been talking about?

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A few years since I've been to Sharp Edge. The food there is good now? Good food or not, it is one of the best beer bars in the world. I'm a big beer geek and Pittsburgh is definitely lucky to have such a treasure.

Sharp Edge

I see that they just opened a bistro in Sewickley. That makes three locations, including the original in Friendship.

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Update: Onorato has vowed to veto this plan unless it is changed so that casinos are not exempt. He says that allowing smoking in casinos puts other establishments at a disadvantage.

I hadn't thought of that but he makes an excellent point. I am hoping they will remove the exemption and go forward with this.

http://post-gazette.com/pg/06272/726010-85.stm

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I agree. No way should any establishment be exempt. Smokers are not going to stop gambling because they must light up outside.

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More changes have been made to this law. It would now ban smoking in ALL restaurants and bars, with a temporary exemption for establishments that make less than 10% of their revenue from food and have ten or less employees.

I think the current plan sounds optimal, and I hope it passes as-is.

This article has details:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06293/731564-85.stm

I am however dismayed that the local government will not be able to ban smoking in casinos. Last I heard the state is taking that ability away from local govt's and plans to allow smoking in all casinso. Sigh.

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^I'm sick of harrisburg rule.

Maybe it's time we become a sovereign 'city-state'. :)

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What is the big deal? Other states have passed this law with no problems and its a blanket law. Do we have the biggest idiots in the country running the state. I think we do. Please vote them all out!

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I can't wait for election day! I think we will be seeing a lot of change this year.

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This should shed a red shade from our necks.

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http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06297/732468-336.stm

Looking good. The powers that be have changed their minds; Allegheny County WILL be able to ban smoking in casinos. (The above article also contains some interesting info about slots law if anyone is interested).

I am very happy about this. It is my opinion that allowing smoking in casinos while it is banned everywhere else would be very bad for local businesses.

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So you have all probably heard that the ban is delayed once again. I am dissapointed, but I do think that it will eventually happen.

Annoyingly, I have noticed several people complaining that this delay shows the region is "backwards." I disagree with that wholeheartedly. I mean, many places have not even tried to pass smoking bans yet. How are we backwards just because a couple of judges delayed it? Sheesh.

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It shows that the state is backwards... as this delay is caused by a state judge...

The state is also backwards because we don't have a statewide smoking ban... even OHIO has a statewide smoking ban.

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