Debate Starts on Geneva Smoking Ban

By Shenoy, Rupa | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), June 1, 2006 | Go to article overview

Debate Starts on Geneva Smoking Ban


Shenoy, Rupa, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Rupa Shenoy Daily Herald Staff Writer

Members of Geneva's newly formed Smoking Ban Task Force debated businesses' rights and the possible economic impact of a smoking ban Wednesday at their first meeting.

The group was charged by Mayor Kevin Burns with starting a public dialogue and collecting and distributing information.

It will hold three meetings before the end of summer and make a recommendation to the city council. Members could propose a referendum on the issue or that the city council craft an smoking ordinance.

The 13 members - including two aldermen, three citizens and eight representatives of restaurants or bars-agreed not to debate the health aspects of smoking.

They chose instead to collect information on smoking policies Geneva establishments already have in place, ordinances that have been passed throughout the state and the economic impact of those bans.

Lissette Rubio of Tia Maria's restaurant said her establishment has had no-smoking nights on Fridays and Saturdays for three years.

"We were scared about doing it," she said.

But business has picked up over that time, and few people have chosen to go elsewhere, Rubio said.

The key, many business representatives said, was to have all establishments operating under the same rules. …

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