The fact that he *isn't* in the bar business aside, here's a nice analogy that shows the ignorance of that statement. (And note: I didn't say stupidity---I said ignorance.)
Alderman Dennis Roberts, D-Ward 5, said he's inclined to leave the ban in place in Urbana, no matter what Champaign does.
"It's a choice between the business interests and the public health benefits to the community," he said. "I hold the business of bars is to sell liquor, and smoking is peripheral to the business of a bar."
The business of restaurants is to sell food, and the chairs are peripheral to the business.While factually valid, if the restaurant next door has chairs, you know where you are going to eat....
The bread and butter of any bar is your regular customers---that is, the customers that come in regularly and drink beer, eat food, and establish a residence in your business. The fact is that many---if not most---regulars at bars *smoke.* And, while I am *for* a ban in restaurants where children are, children do not belong in bars. Period. I don't care if it's legal for children to be there before 9pm. Bars are places for adults where drinking and foul language and questionable behavior occurs. They are not tea rooms. And going to a place once a month or every other week doesn't make you a regular. Regulars are there day in and day out.
I'm not talking about attendance at a bar during a special event or on a Saturday night. I'm talking about Thursday afternoon at 3pm or Monday night around 8pm (when it's *not* football season) or a Saturday afternoon when it's nice out and most people are spending time outside.
I think what most people don't understand is that bars are places where people feed their addictions---whether it be alcohol or tobacco or gambling or other questionable behaviors. Bars aren't meant to be family-friendly, expletive-free zones. I mean really, if you are so concerned about your health, why are you drinking in the first place? It's not anymore healthy than smoking.
I had a father come and complain to me that people playing pool were using foul language around his kids. This guy---who was playing the poker machines for about two hours while his kids ran free in the bar---was concerned his kids would pick up some bad habits from hearing these two twenty-something pool players talking to each other about their previous evening.
See something wrong with that picture?