More Knoxville bars going smoke free

More Knoxville bars going smoke free

Many Knoxville restaurants are going smoke-free. Many Knoxville restaurants are going smoke-free.

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The list of bars where you can't smoke is getting longer. Bailey's Sports Grille announced that they'll be going smoke free on January 1st.

Businesses say they aren't doing this for health reasons. They are going smoke-free because it's what the majority of the public wants.

Doc's All American Bar and Grill, which was formerly the popular Ray's ESG in West Knoxville is also now non-smoking. Patrons notice the difference.

"The first thing we said when we walked in the door was that we were really glad they're not allowing smokers inside," said customer Bill Freeman, who was eating dinner with his girlfriend.

Since they've opened, smokers have had to do their business out on the patio.

"Pretty much everywhere now you have to smoke outside. I don't know anywhere you can smoke inside," said Candi Hall, smoking her cigarette on the back patio.

"Well we wanted to be family friendly, so we decided to be smoke free," explained Doc's manager Robert Offutt.

Bailey's Sports Grille says they are responding to customer demands. One of many Facebook responses read "I think it sucks. I've been coming there for years. I don't want to have to go outside."

Others, like Hall, have accepted that going outside is the new normal.

"It's cold. It sucks in the wintertime, but I think it's really fair for everybody," Hall said.

Those who don't light up certainly welcome the change.

"The smell of smoke you end up taking with you in the car, on your shoes and socks. Not fun," Freeman said.

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