Smoking Ban Makes for More Patios
More patios are begin built at Minnesota businesses in order to cater to smokers. The Pioneer Press reported that the many patios that are going to possibly be built may be accompanied by new patio regulations. That would include certain rails or barriers, and restricted hours of use if the business is in proximity of homes.
The Star Tribune reported that the smoking ban could cause local restaurants to have less business. Building patios for the smoking customers could be a step towards keeping smoking customers around. Businesses are worried about how far this smoking ban will possibly go, and so am I. I am not oppose to the smoking ban, but I hope that they do not try to go so far as to try to regulate smoking on all outdoor patios and areas.