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Praise, doubts on Pullman Square smoking ban

October 25, 2017 GMT

Readers commenting on The Herald-Dispatch’s Facebook page had mixed reactions to news that Pullman Square, the downtown Huntington shopping and dining area along 3rd Avenue, will enact a smoking ban on the premises starting Dec. 1.

Some hailed the news, while others were skeptical of the impact.

The smoking ban, announced last week, is being put into place “by popular demand” in partnership with the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, according to a statement released by Metropolitan Partners, which owns and operates the plaza.

Here is what some readers had to say:

“In a world were overdoses occur on a regular basis, by all means let’s waste time and resources on a legal habit,” commented Mark Tucker Stacey. “I’m a non-smoker.”

“I remember several businesses in Huntington that closed after the last smoking ban,” wrote Michael Messinger. “The buildings are still empty.” “As a smoker, I see no problem in not smoking in public areas,” said Bryan King. “It’s a choice I make to smoke and no one else should have to bear the secondhand smoke. I don’t even like the smell of stale cigarette smoke, lol, it is an addiction that I fight with ... I hate when other people throw butts on the ground especially at my own front door. Over the years and the studies done, no smoker should subject anyone to their habit ...”

“Glad to hear this,” commented Dina Shipe Lee. “People who smoke do not realize how unpleasant it is to be around it. It stinks. They stink. And they throw their butts anywhere and everywhere. And, BTW, the alcohol argument is stupid. When you drink, you, alone, drink the alcohol. When you smoke, everyone around you breathes it.”

“Such great news for a family with children and those that have illnesses,” wrote Jessica McCormick.

“This is great news!” commented Erica Melvin.

“Glad to see this,” wrote K.A. White. “How do you plan to enforce it?”

“Reminds me of the time Marshall tried to go tobacco free,” said Abby Scott. “Completely failed, and still laughable.”

“They’ll lose business,” predicted Charley Harless.

“Yes they will,” responded Sheila Kay. “We can shop somewhere else.”

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