Lexington County SC smoking ban loses support

Real Estate Agent with Gibbs Realty and Auction Company

Lexington County South Carolina

2 weeks ago the new smoking ban law went into effect for all of Lexington County SC and last night the council retreated on its decision. There must have been a myriad of complaints form local bar and restaurant owners voiced during the last 2 week. I have talked with several business owners that have told me they have already seen a decline in revenue form the councils actions. Particularly the Bar's restaurant combination owners. "In a time when eating out is already one of the luxuries that consumers cut back on its not the time to muddy the water on our patrons" one owner told me.

Four of our local city governments have adopted a smoking ban in recent months after County Council failed for months to bring the issue to a vote. Columbia, Richland County and the towns of Lexington and also Camden in Kershaw County. West Columbia is considering one and Irmo has rejected a ban all together.

For now owners are required to post a sign alerting customers of there smoking policy. More debate and talk are sure to come. I say let us decide it in the next polls and see what our community as a whole has to say instead of letting a few decide the fate of this law. Isnt that what our government is set up for?

Regardless don't be hindered by venturing out to try some of the wonderful and diverse food experiences in Lexington South Carolina. For a list of local restaurants you can find them here.




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Enough areas have had smoking bans in place long enough for many people to finally see the results for themselves. They can now easily see that the whole ban frenzy is based on deceit to profit the drug companies making cessation products. No one can believe anything that the ban lobbyists say.

Oct 29, 2008 06:03 AM #1
Patty Carroll
Vancouver, WA

We have a no smoking ban in our state. At first there was some slowness in businesses and then it went back to normal. People can still smoke they just have to do it outside and so many feet away from the door.

Oct 30, 2008 04:29 AM #2
Gloria Buzhardt

I would like to know why Batesburg-Leesville was not a part of the smoking ban.  One restaurant had already put up the no smoking signs and then read in the State Paper that we were one of the few towns exempt from the ban.  I am not a smoker and cannot eat in comfort when everyone around me is smoking cigarette after cigarette.  My parents and I try to get as far away and then someone comes in and sits right next to us and lights up their cigarettes.  There is no courtesy.

I work with the state, here in Lexington, and clients still stand right outside the front door and smoke.

Who do we speak with to get this changed? 




Feb 04, 2010 05:06 AM #3
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

Gloria the county council is the contact.

Feb 07, 2010 10:04 AM #4
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