Perry: "Public Smoking Ordinance Alive"

The Meridian City Council is working on another proposed smoking ban for the city.

That word came from city councilwoman Mary Perry at the Council of Governments meeting Monday.

An ordinance to regulate smoking in public places was passed by the council in 2004. It was vetoed by then-mayor John Robert Smith.

Over 5 years later, perry says the issue is still alive.

"We are in the process of trying to develop and write one so that it will be one that can be acceptable city-wide, even though we know everybody is not for it," said Perry.

Perry said the council promised people and groups favoring an ordinance that it would eventually bring a new proposal to the table. The issue has been backed by the American Cancer Society.


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  • by Man on the Street Location: Meridian on Jan 15, 2010 at 06:08 PM
    I'm tired of all this Socialism. Too many people expect the Government to make all the decisions in their life! If a resturant wants to be non-smoking they need to make that choice on their own. We are living in a country where people won't take charge of their own lives. At some point all the freedoms that our forefathers fought for will be gone and every aspect of our lives will be dictated by The MAN. The Meridian Businesses need to grow some cajones and decide what they want on a business by business basis, not stifle the rights of everyone.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2010 at 01:04 PM
    get over it people you dont get it use gov to force others loss of freedom.. ____ lib puppies..
  • by johanna Location: meridian on Jan 12, 2010 at 02:07 PM
    If you dont like smoke, go where it isn't allowed leave the rest of us alone. Government always wants someone fighting so we won't look at what they are doing. Blacks vs whites, straight vs gays, smokers vs nonsmokers. Always pitting just go live for heavens sake.
  • by Amazed Location: Meridian on Jan 12, 2010 at 01:06 PM
    Serving Meridian, thank you for an honest report from the "front lines" of this issue! I think people forget about the perspective of the restaurant workers. I'm glad I don't work at a restaurant, and at least my employer requires people to go outside to smoke. I've been smoke-free for 3 years and can't believe how I used to let it cripple me. I'd choose where I went to eat based on whether I could smoke there, and missed out on going to some great places! I, too, would appreciate being able to eat out without going home smelling like a big cigarette. Nothing against smokers, I used to be one! Just please don't force me to breathe it or smell like it! Thanks!
  • by SERVING MERIDIAN on Jan 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    omg It's about time. I work in a restaurant and no one wants to sit in or around smoking. So if you have the smoking section you are not making any money. some nites we have no smokers at all come in to eat and the whole section is just empty and it is really bad when you worked all nite and only make $2.18 a hour because no would sit in any of your tables. Then you are forced by the IRS to claim money and pay taxes on the money that you DID NOT even make on those empty smoking tables. The IRS makes us claim $7.25 an hour and servicers only make $2.18 an hour, so the reminding $5.07 is to be made in tips which we are not making. A proper tip is no less than 20% of your bill and that is for average service. But people are still leaving a dollar or two and they think it was a good tip:[ We cant feed our families with some of the tips we make. So my family has been ready for those smoking tables to go away. My Kids somes need new shoes and clothes!
  • by Frank Location: Meridian on Jan 12, 2010 at 09:51 AM
    I would love to go to a restaurant in Meridian and not have smoke blown in my food nor have to smell it when I eat. I have lived in places where this ordinance has been passed and witnessed the good it does for the community and for the businesses. Tables turn over faster and the business show a bigger profit because of it. Not a bad deal in this economy to snuff the butts and make some money. I'm for it. I'll vote for it and enjoy the clean air. I've been smoke free 10 years now and would frequent our wonderful eating establishments more if the ban were passed.
  • by Anon Location: Meridian on Jan 12, 2010 at 05:37 AM
    I moved to Meridian a few years ago from a city that went through the same process of banning smoking in public places. The general population groaned and complained, but after it was all said and done, every bar, night club, and restaurant made adjustments to the policy and the majority of the people who opposed the change were the ones who ended up praising it. Its not about punishing smokers, its about respecting people who dont smoke and dont want themselves or their children exposed to smoke every time they go out to eat. It sure was nice not to have to send clothes to the dry cleaners after every time you went out.
  • by voter Location: meridian on Jan 12, 2010 at 04:42 AM
    To Anonymous, I along with many others do not smoke but I do pay a lot in taxes. I want this to pass because the smokers do not respect the people that do not smoke. When I take my family out to eat we do not want to have to walk through a wall of smoke at the entrance door to the restaurant. When inside eatting I want to taste food not smell smoke from someoe lighting up. All this would not be required if people would respect one another. I respect your rights to smoke so respect mine to not have to smell it.
  • by Chuck Location: Raymond on Jan 12, 2010 at 03:40 AM
    Oh yes, you people love to tell we smokers not to smoke, but you still alllow them to be sold in stores in non smoking communities. Pretty two faced if you want the tax dollars AND no smoke. Get a grip, help a smoker out. DOn't make smoking illegal, take the stupid cigarettes away too, duh.
  • by FP Location: Meridian on Jan 11, 2010 at 07:05 PM
    Hey City Council and Administration. Let us spend time and resources on infastucture, not some silly no-smoking ordinance. You can't smoke and drive in the City; too many potholes.
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