Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Choosing Smoke-Free Restaurants

 photo All Natural Katie

Over the past 10 years, I have been fortunate to live in cities that have indoor smoking bans. I have also visited a number of restaurants and establishments in cities without indoor smoking bans. Talk about an adjustment! Second hand smoke is proposed to be more toxic and harmful than first hand smoke. Therefore, I try very hard to avoid smoke whenever I can. Would I choose one restaurant over another because the first one was smoke-free? Yes!  

Today, many restaurant owners face the dilemma of serving their smoking customers alongside their non-smoking customers. An owner may have a non-smoking section in the restaurant, but the odor of cigarette smoke may make its way over to that section. This can result in non-smokers avoiding the restaurant when they want a meal. Fortunately, many restaurant owners are taking action to solve their dilemma. Take a look at some of the reasons why they are investing in a smoke odor solution.

Increasing Customer Satisfaction

When cigarette smoke odors are completely removed from the air, every patron in a restaurant is able to enjoy his or her meal. A restaurant without any smoke odors appeals to more customers including seniors, families with children and single individuals. A restaurant owner can establish a reputation for being friendly to smokers and non-smokers alike.

Making the Environment Pleasant for Employees

When smoke odor is removed from a restaurant's atmosphere, a server who helps customers in the smoking section doesn't have to work in an unpleasant environment. Without smoke odor removal, a server would have the odor in his or her clothes and hair every day. Plus, he or she would be breathing in an unhealthy environment. If the server has an allergy or another breathing problem, this could be a dangerous situation for him or her. Smoke odor removal makes it more comfortable for servers to work. Furthermore, restaurant owners may be better able to retain the talented servers on their staff!

>> Would you choose one restaurant over another to enjoy a smoke-free environment??

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