Monday, January 16, 2006

Smoking ban claims first victims

SOUTHSIDE (ap) -- One Southwest Side man was fatally shot as he waited at a fast-food restaurant window on Chicago's South Side, and another man was critically shot outside a Southwest Side bowling alley in weekend shootings, police said.

Both men were discovered with cigarettes dangling from their lips, apparent early victims of vigilantes enforcing Chicago's new smoking ban, which prohibits smoking within 15 feet of the entrance of any building where smoking is not allowed.

The ban, approved by the Chicago City Council in early December, prohibits smoking in all the places that already had prohibitions, places like hospitals/nursing homes, theaters, aquariums, galleries, libraries, museums, schools and universities, retail and grocery stores, shopping malls, and sports arenas, including ice and roller rinks, swimming pools, bowling alleys, gymnasiums and arcades.

"The only real difference," said a police spokesperson investigating the two shootings, "is the ban on smoking in doorways."

Smokers can continue to light up in taverns and restaurants with bars until July 1, 2008.


Anonymous art attack said...

I need to look into the whole bowling alley thing because according to Gary at the Diversey Rock and Bowl, they have an 18 month excemption. Not too happy about that, as I want to bowl without smoke in my eyes, clouding up the 2 - 8 split that I need to make.

Garbage People moving on up in the rankings.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous jodyla said...

Drunk & shitty will kick Garbage people's butts. Oh, and I'm enjoying the extra 18 months of smoking while I'm knocking strike after strike down...

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking about smoking...How about them Bears?... oh wait, they got smoked.

But those Steelers, what a game and team.

4:57 PM  

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