How do y'all feel about smoking bans in bars, restaurants, etc. I am not a smoker, haven't smoked in 16 years. I can't stand being around it. That said, if I want to open a bar and allow smoking I should be allowed to. All of this crap I hear about 2nd hand smoke for bartenders and other employees is BS. If you don't want to be around smoke, don't work here. When Lisa and I go to the Quarter, we are careful to pick bars that aren't too smokey. We pick the ones that are on the corners so that the have doors open on 2 walls to help air it out. That said, I fully support the owners to allow smoking in their bars. We go to a bar here in Mandeville called Oblisk. It is nonsmoking and I like it a lot. That owner made the choice to exclude the business he would get from smokers in hopes of getting more business from nonsmokers. I would probably do the same if I opened a bar in Mandeville. In the Quarter, I would allow it. It would be purely a financial decision. On a separate note, if I was a cop, I would write a lot of tickets for littering when people throw their butts on the ground.