Illinois restaurant patrons, employees say goodbye, good riddance to smoke

Illinois restaurant patrons, employees say goodbye, good riddance to smoke

At presstime, Illinois was on the verge of joining 19 other states in banning smoking in all public places, including bars. As an Illinois resident and an avid restaurant patron, I must confess that I’m breathing easier.

What a refreshing difference it is to walk into a smoke-free bar or restaurant, rather than a smoke-filled one. No more worries about what the stuff is doing to your lungs or heart. No more need to launder smoky-smelling clothes after spending time with smokers.

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