Smoke bans hot in Va., N.C., but operators stay cool

Smoke bans hot in Va., N.C., but operators stay cool

Restaurateurs cautiously are supporting legislation set to snuff out smoking in two states that are strongholds of the tobacco industry, an indication of just how widespread anti-smoking sentiment has become.

Many operators in Virginia and North Carolina, where two very different bans are in play, said they anticipate little impact to sales, as more consumers desire smoke-free environments. Some even said they welcomed having the decision of whether to allow smoking taken out of their

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