According to Sally Petty, Tobacco Cessation Coordinator and member of Smoke-Free Washington, the group was disappointed there was no reading nor was there public comment.
“I think it’s a shame that the council wouldn’t even dignify the issue enough to read the ordinance and discuss it, in public, based on science rather than emotion,” Petty said. The group, she said, is currently weighing options on whether to bring the ordinance back to the council in the future.
“I think it should be pointed out the councilmen all enjoy smoke-free workplace protections but they apparently don’t think that bar and club workers, both current and future, deserve the same.” On the Times Herald’s Facebook page, the debate continued when asked if the council should have voted on the ordinance.
“(Councilmen) care more about grass and storefronts than they feel about human lives,” one person posted.
Most, when asked, felt personal freedoms and the right to choose were paramount.
“I say, let ‘em smoke. The government is already taken enough of our rights,” another user posted.