What’s your take?
The following comments were posted on The Union Facebook page in response to the smoking ban:
Darin Driscoll – I had no idea there were so many totalitarians up here now. I thought we were tolerant? I thought wrong.
Desiree Marie Brito –That’s good. I’m tired of walking into clouds of smoke. It’s not fair to the people who want healthy lungs to have to breathe in that nasty (air) unwillingly.
Nicole Tucker-Von Schoff – Don’t matter to me, still gonna smoke where I want. When you give me dirty looks or talk trash I will make sure that I don’t try to keep it to myself. It is my right to smoke a cig where I want, within reason. Might be time for you people who wish to take away rights of others to have yours taken from you.
Tonya Phillips-Clark – Yay!!
Jesse Juarez – That is wonderful since I’m trying to kick the habit myself
Mick Collins – Love it (former smoker)
Starr Nadin Craft – I don’t smoke, and I think it’s LAME. I’m sick of everything being legislated. It’s Outside! What’s next, No farting signs? I think it’s just that ridiculous.
Ryan Durham – Does this mean you cant smoke meth?
Mick Collins — You can be subjected to second-hand smoke outdoors as well. It’s about time we as a society stand up to big tobacco. The only product sold to the public that, when used PROPERLY, will kill you (please don’t mention guns anyone).
Tachele Tietjen – It’s about time! Not a fan of second-hand smoke
Brooke Parkhouse – Love it!!!!!!
Mona Matthias – I love the idea of no stinky smoke downtown, but I think it’s unenforceable. I also think it’ll drive some tourists out.
Alvis LeGate – Thanks nanny government. Hey, non-smokers, get ready. They will be coming after your rights soon. Land of the free? Laughable! Sing it with me: “o’er the land of the meak and the home of the slave”!
Jessica Tasker – Non smokers had their right taken away when smokers could smoke anywhere! It is outside and its for everyone! How are people really gonna think this isnt fair!
Julianne N Matt Halvorson – So everyone keeps saying freedom this and that, why do I have to inhale the smoke that is in the OPEN AIR so it is said. I choose not to smoke or have my kids around it, so if we are enjoying a stroll downtown my children and I have to inhale ones second hand smoke. “NO thank you” Good for Grass Valley for banning it. By the way pretty sure the police want to add this to their list of (things) they already have to deal with.
Robert Stokes – Yaaaah baby...!
Amanda DuLac – I guess I’m the minority that doesn’t want to breathe second-hand smoke while walking downtown with my kids. Shame on me right???
Angela Sickles Davenport – I Love it! Inconsiderate hordes of smokers blocking sidewalks was a huge issue during the street fairs. My family of eight used to never miss one... We loved go and support the local economy. After my daughter got burnt by someone’s lit cigarette while walking in the street to go around the rude pack of smokers who would not move away from the side walk so families with small children could use it for its intended purpose. Most (not all) smokers don’t realize that when the light up on a public sidewalk they take away the right of every non smoker around them to breath clean fresh air. This law only enforces a common courtesy every smoker should all ready be adhering to. Thank you Grass Valley...we will enjoy the fresh air and safer environment this year at the summer market.
Stephanie Kirk – Guess the bar business is gonna go to Nevada City
Angela Sickles Davenport – It may be difficult to enforce all the time...I hope special attention is paid to enforcement during events with large crowds gathering.
Daniel Lossner – I like that the nonsmokers are behaving like a persecuted minority. That’s irony.
Tamara Davenport – OPEN AIR - why should my fresh clean air be ruined by YOUR SMOKE
Georgia Trickey –This town is going to regulate themselves into a Ghost town! This new regulation should bring in the tourists by the bus load!!! Hahahahahaaaa! Because everyone knows that “non-smoking” epitomizes the gold rush!
Kevin Berg – People are different... Down to the last one of us... We are not going to agree with everyone... What makes your point of view better than mine? People need to be more tolerant...
Adrienne Armstrong Van Bourgondien – I love this (although i dont see it as easy to enforce). I don’t care if someone else smokes as long as my kids and don’t have to breath it in. Unfortunately that rarely seems to be the case.
Georgia Trickey – With the Meth problem in this town it’s seems like the focus should be on cleaning that up & not writing citations for smoking. Priorities seem off! Way off!
John Allgeier – The Bay Area and its ideas are here. Good luck and goodbye Grass Valley!
Wolfgang Perner – I don’t care for the new law, but I will enjoy not having smokers hanging around all the doorways. I would like to see a decent public bathroom in downtown , perhaps reopening the one in Elizabeth Daniels Park. I think the lack of a bathroom is way worse than the occasional smoker. Many businesses cannot offer a bathroom because the old construction makes accessible bathrooms too difficult to provide.
Bert Tipton – Suggest to ban autos as well; if tobacco is infringing on my well-being, auto fumes have to be three-folds worse.