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Restaurants, employees survive in first day of smoking ban

Publication Date: 10/3/2007
  • Author:Lori Yount
  • Publication:Chattanooga Times Free Press

In preparation for the statewide smoking ban that began today, waitress Hillary Turner said she quit smoking last week.

"Being at work and not being able to smoke at work, just really made it easier," said the Big River Grille and Brewing Works employee.

She said she used to take smoking breaks behind the Broad Street restaurant, but starting today, employees have to walk across the street to the liquor store.

And now that customers won't be lighting up at either of Big River's two bars, Ms. Turner said it should be easier to stay smoke-free...

The law that went into effect today bans smoking in most Tennessee restaurants and office buildings and carries a penalty of $50 for anyone who knowingly smokes in a prohibited place. Businesses that allow smoking inside face a warning on first offense, $100 fine on second offense and $500 for a third violation.