Under a state law effective Thursday, smoking is banned in enclosed workplaces and commercial establishments and in areas where the public is invited or permitted. Among areas where smoking will be permitted: (Trib, Fabregas & Wereschagin)
Selected exceptions to the ban:
• Bars where food accounts for 20 percent or less of annual sales
How can anyone tell?
• Up to 25 percent of a casino floor
Well, naturally. Ca-ching, ca-ching!
• Private clubs
Now, with even more allure!
• Cigar bars
• Tobacco shops; manufacturers, importers or wholesalers of tobacco products; manufacturers of tobacco-related products such as lighters
Get ready for a meteoric rise in cigar culture, especially considering the local mystique.
• Designated outdoor smoking areas at sports or recreational facilities, theaters or performance establishments
Okay, so this is not the Revolution, nor is it prohibition. It's regulation and accommodation.
Sniffing out violators of Pennsylvania's smoking ban will fall on the shoulders of people bothered by the smoke. (Trib, Luis Fabregas)
The state is encouraging people who see smoking ban violations to call an automated help line, 877-835-9535, and leave a message describing the violation and where and when it occurred.
A warning letter and educational materials will be sent to the violator. If complaints continue, the state could issue a $250 fine, which increases to $1,000 for repeated violations.
Boy, when the tobacco lobby and the restaurant lobby want to water something down, they really water something down, huh?