I’m soooo confused over this whole smoking ban mess because what was once a clear cut ban on smoking in workplaces has turned into a big mass of bureaucratic wrangling and exemptions.
The County Council … who are now looking about as bright as City Council … voted yesterday on some modifications to the ban, thanks in part to Dan Onorato’s urgings.
Now, instead of ALL bars and restaurants being no-smoking, if you are a bar that earns less than 10% of your revenues on food sales AND you have less than 10 employees, you may continue to allow smoking until January 2009, at which point you must institute the no smoking rule.
Huh? So we don’t care about the health of employees in small bars until January 1, 2009, at which point in time, we’ll care enough to do something about it? That makes soooo much sense.
Cynthia Renshaw, manager of the Inn-Termission Lounge on the South Side, called the restriction “a devastating loss.”
“It will be devastating for every small bar I can think of,” she said. But if smoking wasn’t allowed at all, “that would be even worse.”
“A devastating loss”? Yeah, that’s not TOO overdramatic is it?
I’m tired of this shit. Pittsburgh is NOT the first place in the world to do this. We’re never the first place in the world to do anything (except breaking records for zombie gatherings), so you tavern owners can rest assured that if it hasn’t run the bar industry into the ground in other cities … it isn’t likely to happen here. After your business gets flooded or burned to the ground, then you can talk to me about a devastating loss, mmkay?
Other business owners noted after the meeting that it could take six months or longer for a system to be put in place to get waivers, which means that many establishments might have to go smoke-free when the law goes into effect in early January.
Oh. The. Horror.