trends from the rest of the nation and even Anchorage, some businesses in town
are going partially smoke free, while one bar and restaurant is about to be
completely smoke free. Mary Donaldson has more.
Kodiak will be 100 percent smoke free beginning August 1st. Co-owner
Victoria Ellis says this came about from listening to customer input.
(Ellis 1 :15s “…for our customers.”)
Ellis says her business has been
slowly integrating being completely smoke free over the years and that so far,
she hasn’t run into any smokers upset over the changes.
(Ellis 3 :18s “…going outside”)
Eliminating second hand smoke in
public areas is not only courteous to others, but provides a healthier
environment for everyone says Betty MacTavish, KANA’s tobacco education
coordinator. She says a nonsmoker’s brief exposure to second hand smoke
produces the same harmful effects, up to 80 or 90 percent of them, as the
smoker inhaling the cigarette. She says with all of the statistical data on
second hand smoke, smoke free is the way to go.
(MacTavish 1 :18s “…with
Chartroom lounge located inside the Kodiak Inn started smoke free Fridays this
summer. Susan Johnson is the general manager there and says they had always
toyed with the idea of incorporating smoke free nights in their lounge.
(Johnson 1 :20 “…worked pretty well.”)
and his business partners have owned Tony’s bar for about a year now. He says they
usually have one smoke free night when a band performs two nights in a row.
(Gatter 1 :21s “…nice mix of people.”)
MacTavish says she has seen
evidence that businesses will have an initial drop in their sales when they go
smoke free, but that sales rise in the long run.
(MacTavish 2 :24s “…smoke free environment.”)
She says other benefits for a businesses
going smoke free are increased productivity for employees, a decrease in health
risks, a rise in applicants because of healthier work environments and that the
duration customers spend in the business increases.
I’m Mary Donaldson. ###