Smoking Ban

How would restaurant owners react if a patron suddenly began to cut up the employees with a steak knife? They wouldn't smile benignly and pass out more knives. Why do these particular restaurant owners who are complaining about the new L.A. city smoke-free restaurant ordinance insist that their employees must risk cancer, heart disease and lung damage in order to keep their jobs? (Nov. 17)

As a society we no longer condone drinking and driving. Smoking in public places is equivalent. It hurts innocent people.

The Los Angeles ordinance represents a great opportunity for restaurants to attract the 80% of the California population who don't smoke and have been avoiding this polluted indoor air.

Restaurant owners need to use some common business sense and stop relying on the misinformation of the representatives of the tobacco industry.

ESTHER SCHILLER

Newbury Park

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