The Rock Island County Health Department, the Tobacco-Free Quad-Cities Coalition, the Quad-City Health Initiative and community members today will recognize the five-year anniversary of the passage of the Smoke Free Illinois Act. The law prohibits smoking indoors or within 15 feet of doors or windows and remains one of the most comprehensive smoke-free laws in the nation. The anniversary will be acknowledged at noon today at Crabby’s Bar & Grill, 826 W. 1st Ave., Coal Valley. This event will recognize the 2008 passage of the Smoke Free Illinois Act and hear from an establishment that has had a positive experience.

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In many working class neighborhood adult bars where the owner knows most of his customers, the ban has pretty much faded into forgotten history. No one cares. As the second winter approached, it became obvious that all these new antismoking customers were non existant and the had to decide to allow smoking, or close. The only difference is that containers of water replaced ashtrays. Their neighbors were happy to see the customers go back inside instead of attracting undesirables who the owner won't allow to enter loitering on the street.


LIke who really cares. The non smokers still don't go to bars or out to eat much, and the Smokers have made due with the idiots that make the laws. So whats the big deal? Waste of space and time.

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