This story is just too good, and you could only get these quotes from bar hopping the old Blair Taverns. This is going to come as quite the shock to many, but it seems the city of Blair wants no part of a state wide smoking ban. Many great quotes from this article, I love the old "It sucks," from Carol Barner, who was interviewed while lighting one up at George's Tavern. "I understand the health issues related to it but it should be a choice. There's more killing with guns and alcohol!"
Seriously Carol, don't go giving anybody any ideas. You're already at a fucking bar -- and alcohol has been the social lubricants of social lubricants for thousands of years. It's already bad enough most of us missed the work environments of the '60's and '70's, where the three martini lunch was the order of the day. Don't even bring alcohol into this mix, I'll have none of it.
Another great quote, and this is something I think Mackenzie has used with these exact words on many occasion: "I think there will be a big difference in business," a bartender at Main Street Bar & Grill said. "That's what people come to the bar for. There's people who come in and see the ashtrays on the table and say, 'wow, we can smoke in here!'" Actually, no, they come in for the booze dickweed, if they spot an ashtray it's just a nice bonus.
However, it should be noted, there was once a little restaurant called "Talk of The Town" in Blair, where the proud owner busted out a page of a notebook, and hand wrote a sign that literally said, "Smoking is Permitted in This Entire Establishment." It was the first sign you saw, as he hung it right smack dab on the middle of the door. That's how you create some nice word of mouth advertising. That's encouraging the old school to come on in and get their game face on. I also love the picture of the guy from George's Tavern above. He's the Iron Eyes Cody of the Smoking Ban idea. All that's missing is the tear streaming down his face. I don't smoke, but the older I get, the more I dig smokers. Let's people know you've got character.