The non-smoking ban will only drive restaurants from our village, which is already a difficult business environment. Restaurants are an important community amenity and a major source of much-needed sales tax revenue.
History shows that prohibition doesn't work. The proponents of a village smoking ban are fond of saying that few realize the dangers of second-hand smoke. I would advise them, and the Board of Health, to focus on educating the public regarding these dangers. This will gradually increase the demand for smoke-free restaurants. As it does, more and more restaurants will choose to be smoke-free in response. The process might take longer than the smoking ban proponents would wish, but it will achieve the result they want without the negative effects on the business environment.