Longview Restaurants Angry About Smoking Ban

Many smaller restaurants in Longview now have a difficult and expensive decision to make. Do they become smoke free, or do they risk financial strain to comply with a non smoking ordinance?

For ten years Jo Young has run the family restaurant, Jo's Highway 80 grill in Longview. She has built a small but steady client base, many who smoke.

Young is faced with a choice, designate her business as smoking only, which will not allow anyone under 18 to be served, and will eliminate families with children or seal off a section of her restaurant for smoking customers, which she can't afford to do.

All restaurants will have to comply with the new ordinance by September first of this year.

Bob Hallmark Reporting