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  • 1. (http://www.chicagotribune.com) 0RecommendRecommend TweetTweet 0 0 Naperville split over smoking Proposed public ban has `limited' exceptions, and that sparks a debate September 15, 2006 | By Jennifer Taylor, Special to the Tribune While becoming smoke-free would be a healthy step for Naperville, there should be "limited" exceptions to a proposed ban on lighting up in enclosed public places and businesses, the City Council said. The rights of nonsmokers, smokers and business owners were discussed at a town hall-style meeting Wednesday, but speakers on both sides of the smoldering issue dealt mainly with the possible economic fallout of a ban on smoking. Barbakoa Modern Latin barbakoa.com Voted Best New Restaurant By West Suburban Living Noting that citizens' well-being is paramount, the council said future discussions would focus on exempting some establishments from the proposed ban. "Sooner or later if you want a society that is healthy, you've got to get rid of the cigarettes," Councilman Richard Furstenau said. But he added, "I believe there should be exemptions, but limited." Those exemptions might include restaurants or taverns that could demonstrate they'd incur an economic hardship under the proposed law, hotels with smoking-only rooms, private nursing-care facilities, private clubs or lodges, home businesses and retail tobacco stores. The City Council, which is slated to discuss the issue again Nov. 7, was presented with studies and testimonials on studies that suggest smoking bans do not harm businesses. And in many cases, studies showed that establishments actually prosper after banning smoking. According to city staff, no Illinois community with a smoking Related Articles ł SECTIONS Proposed smoke ban to get closer look in Naperville (/2006-08-17 /news/0608170084_1_retail- tobacco-stores-smoking- ban-draft-ordinance) August 17, 2006 Smoking ban's 1st draft out (/2006-11-24 /news/0611240151_1_bars- and-restaurants-smoke- free-ban) November 24, 2006 Watered-down smoking ban goes to committees (/2005-11-23 /news/0511230296_1_public- places-restaurant-bars-retail- tobacco-stores) 10 Naperville split over smoking - Chicago Tribune http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2006-09-15/news/060915033... 1 of 4 2/26/15, 12:03 PM
  • 2. ban has experienced negative economic consequences. Skokie, Highland Park and Wilmette are the only municipalities in the state with smoke-free ordinances in effect for more than a year. A contingent of Naperville restaurant owners, backed by the Restaurant Association of Naperville and the Greater Naperville Chamber of Commerce, disagreed. They said such a ban would hurt their businesses if neighboring municipalities did not adopt similar smoke-free ordinances. Rick Sweeney, owner of Your Neighbor's Restaurant & Bar and chairman of the Restaurant Association of Naperville, said his clientele is split 50-50 between smokers and nonsmokers. And he thinks his business would sharply decline or have to be closed outright if the proposed ban is approved. "Small local proprietors are the ones put out of business," Sweeney said, adding that neighboring municipalities "can't wait to get the revenue we will be missing." Naperville's neighbors--Aurora, Bolingbrook and Plainfield--are not considering smoke-free ordinances. But officials in Lisle, Warrenville, Wheaton and Woodridge are weighing anti-smoking proposals. The Illinois Licensed Beverage Association also submitted data to the Naperville City Council on revenue decline and job losses in communities around the country where smoking bans have been implemented. Barbakoa Modern Latin barbakoa.com Voted Best New Restaurant By West Suburban Living Steve Riedl, the association's executive director, said municipal smoking bans create an unfair playing field. But he said that some restaurants and bars have fared well after statewide smoking bans have been put in place--such as has occurred in California, Colorado, New York and Massachusetts--because they don't give the competition an advantage. Officials in Skokie, which in July 2003 became the first Illinois municipality to adopt a smoke-free ordinance, report that the ban did not hurt their local restaurants and bars, according to a staff report. In fact, the report says that the number of restaurants and bars that closed or changed hands after the smoking ban went into effect was considerably lower than the number of establishments that closed two years before the smoking ban began. Maureen McHugh, interim executive director of the DuPage County Health Department and spokeswoman for the DuPage Coalition Against Tobacco, said DuPage is assembling a task force to consider banning smoking in the county. November 23, 2005 Council delays vote on smoking ban (/2006-11-09 /news/0611090302_1_retail- tobacco-stores-smoking- ban-smoking-only) November 9, 2006 Readiness urged for smoking ban (/2007-12-28 /news/0712270889_1_smoking- ban-smoke-free-preventable- death) December 28, 2007 Naperville split over smoking - Chicago Tribune http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2006-09-15/news/060915033... 2 of 4 2/26/15, 12:03 PM
  • 3. Featured Articles The DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference is joining a joint county-municipal task force to examine smoking regulations. McHugh said many municipalities in the region are considering or adopting smoke-free ordinances. Illinois legislators also have debated instituting a statewide smoking ban. Bodyscapes Acupuncture bodyscape.biz Free consultations. Insurance accepted. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Quit Smoking Quit Smoking Free Quit Dangers of Smoking 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Tobacco Smoke Lung Cancer Addiction Tips to Quit Quit Smoking See Also (/2013-04-27 /sports/sns-rt- bkn-bobcats- bulls- Michael Jordan marries longtime girlfriend (/2013-04-27 /sports/sns-rt- bkn-bobcats- bulls- newssx5b6d3a1-20130427_1_juanita- vanoy-girlfriend- yvette-marriage- license) (/2014-02-22 /classified /sc-cons- 0213-motormouth- Too cold for car wash? Motormouth answers your questions (/2014-02-22 /classified/sc-cons- 0213-motormouth- 20140213_1_car- wash-temperature-rust (/2011-08-22 /news/ct- met-northwestern- als-breakthrough- Cause of ALS is found, Northwestern team says (/2011-08-22 /news/ct- met-northwestern- als-breakthrough- 20110822_1_als- patients-proteins- northwestern- research) Pain relievers: What are the differences? (/2011-01-13 /news/sc-health-0112-pain- Life Skill #201: Washing a baseball cap (/2013-08-06 /features/sc-fam- MORE: Naperville split over smoking - Chicago Tribune http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2006-09-15/news/060915033... 3 of 4 2/26/15, 12:03 PM
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