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These clerks are smokin'Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at 7:21 AM
Tennessee's workplace smoking ban goes into effect Oct. 1.
And I'm already wondering how convenience store clerks are going to handle it, since it appears that most of Shelbyville's smoke. Their cigarettes are clearly visible on the counter at practically every store.
That's their business unless they smoke while waiting on customers, as at least two I've seen in the past few days do. You don't see that at large grocery or retail stores.
Count me as one non-smoker who, while attempting to respect others' rights, doesn't exactly like transacting business through a cloud of smoke.
State code specifies the smoking ban won't apply to "tobacco manufacturers, importers and wholesalers" and "retail tobacco stores that prohibit minors," so owners/managers of some of the "tobacco outlets" that sell gas and beer will probably find a loophole.
And, according to the words of one clerk I talked to the other day, it's beer that drives most of their business.
I'm also tired of having to stand in line for five minutes while someone buys multiple lottery tickets and checks their numbers, one by one, at the counter. The lottery process should be changed to eliminate that.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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