“If they didn’t have a day like this I don’t know that we would make a point to do this,” Stansberry said. “I’m looking forward to getting feedback from customers.” Larry Misleh, general manager of the LaRosa’s restaurant at 75 Carothers Rd. in Newport, made his restaurant permanently smoke free almost two years ago. Before making the restaurant smoke free, he had special sections in his restaurant property solicitors sydney.
“We had too many complaints from non-smokers as far as smoke drifting to the smoking side,” he said. Conveyancing company has developed cost effective, efficient, yet comprehensive conveyancing systems for residential purchases and sales. And people would come in and ask for non-smoking and we couldn’t seat them. They refused to sit in the smoking section.”
He said it wasn’t unusual to have up to 15 people waiting for non-smoking seats while smoking seats sat empty. “Occasionally we’ll have a smoker come in now and they’ll leave because they can’t smoke,” he said. “But changing didn’t affect our business one bit. We didn’t drop down in sales at all.”
He said restaurant workers like it because tables turn over more quickly. “Smokers tent to sit around after their meal smoking and talking,” he said. “In this business, a quick turnaround on tables is everything.” This is the second year for the Smoke-Free Day of Dining, and the number of participating restaurants has doubled, said Health Department Spokeswoman Peggy Patterson.
“This gives restaurants a chance to try non-smoking and see how their customers feel about it,” she said. The Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to choose that day to pledge to stop smoking. Health Department Director Gary Crum noted Kentucky has the highest adult smoking rate in the country.
He said smoking not only causes cancer, but it is the most common cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma. The American Cancer Society offers these tips to stop smoking:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications can help deal with withdrawal symptoms or reduce the urge to smoke.
- Join a program or counseling.
- Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family. Enlist a friend to quit with you.
- Clear anything that reminds you of cigarettes from the places you usually smoke. Ask other smokers not to smoke around you. Clean your house and car to remove the smell of cigarettes.
- Alter habits that you may associate with smoking. Drink juice or water instead of alcohol or coffee. Take a different route to work. Take a brisk walk instead of a coffee break.
- Avoid places where smokers gather. Go to movies, museums or other places where smoking is not allowed.
- Calm any nervous energy with physical and mental activities such as long strolls, deep breaths of fresh air, crossword puzzles or gardening.
- When you get the urge to smoke, do something else. Call a friend, do exercises. Keep oral substitutes handy such as carrots, apples, raisins or gum.
Smokers who want to quit can find help from the Cooper/Clayton Program, which offers them use of the nicotine patch. The program is provided by the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department in collaboration with the Kentucky Cancer Program, Northern Kentucky University, Glazo-SmithKline and St. Elizabeth Medical Center.
Information is available from the Health Department, (859) 341-4264 or the American Cancer Society, (513) 891-1600.