Thursday, August 15, 2013

Restaurants, bar owners allow diners to smoke electronic cigarettes

Aug 15, 2013 by 
cigarettesOnce again diners are smoking cigarettes in restaurant dining rooms and around bars.
In a day and age of anti-smoking campaigns, the whole idea of smokers lighting up in public places seems completely out of place.
A few months ago when a diner lit up a cigarette at Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar, a bartender immediately told them to snuff it out, said co-owner Gary Huether, Jr.
Only it turned out the person wasn't smoking a conventional cigarette, it was an electronic cigarette. While at first the idea of the devices created some confusion, patrons at the chain's restaurants are now permitted to smoke the cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes.
"It's not like it's bothersome to people. It doesn't smell. It doesn't bother anyone," Huether said.
In fact, he is considering selling the cigarettes in vending machines in the sports bars as test-run to see how well the devices sell.
Increasingly, smokers are putting out their Marlboros and Camels in favor of battery-fueled, rechargeable electronic cigarettes with names such as Smoke Stick and V2 Cigs.