Smoking Ban Opponents Organize
A Telegraph Report
Opponents to a proposed city ordinance to ban smoking in restaurants and small bars met Tuesday night to criticize bans and plot strategy.
Former City Council Member Mike Bozarth introduced Bob Meeks, Co-founder of the United Freedom Coalition, a group formed to protect freedom of choice and property rights. “I’ve known Bob Meeks for many years. He’s stubborn, bull-headed and not afraid to fight for what he believes in.”
Bozarth successfully led a group of Council Members in 2007 to block a smoking ban proposed by city staff. He again called for a “Truth In Smoking” ordinance as a compromise that would require businesses to post whether or not smoking is allowed inside on entrance doors.
“The reason I’m doing this is for the words choice and freedom,” Meeks told about 30 people gathered at Legends Bar and Grill. “A smoking ban is a slap in the face to any veteran who has fought for freedom overseas.”
“If we let a smoking ban pass, what will they want to ban next?” Meeks encouraged the attendees to contact their Council Members and attend some of the public meetings seeking input.
The meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers Jan. 29 at 9 a.m.; Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 7 at 3 p.m.; Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 15 at 9 a.m.; Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. and Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.
Meeks said the United Freedom Coalition will meet again after a couple of the public input meetings are held.