Small Tipping Yuppies Push Smoking Ban

RECEIVED Fri., April 15, 2005

Dear Editor,
    Natalie Zoe's quote in the April 15 Chronicle [“Where There's Smoke ...,” News] prompted me to wonder: Does she play venues where there is smoking? Doesn't she play at places like the Cactus? This is the crux of the issue for me: I don't know anyone who's for the total smoking ban who goes to the clubs (Room 710, Beerland, etc.) that are going to be affected. They claim to speak for the service industry, but we're all a little wary of promises and small tips from yuppies.
    For years, I've heard people whine about all the smoke in the jazz clubs (the Elephant in particular). But here's the irony: Now I'm booking local jazz at a new venue (Stars Coffee) that, according to the smoking ban on the books now, has to be a nonsmoking venue. And even though we feature many of the same jazz artists, there's very little attendance and support, especially from the anti-smoking community.
    Also, one wonders about people who "secretly" bring reefer to shows – are they going to have to make brownies now?
George Leake
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