All Local Restaurants Will Soon be Smoke-Free - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Jonesboro, AR -- Gia Hill Reports

All Local Restaurants Will Soon be Smoke-Free

June 24, 2006 -- 5:45 PM CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- The option to sit in smoking or nonsmoking sections in restaurants across the state of Arkansas will soon come to an end.

That decision was made in April when the Clean Indoor Air Act was passed.  

Whit Herndon is the manager of Sheffield's restaurant, and he said he's not worried about making the transition.

"We're not an establishment that's going to have to make a rash decision," he said.     

The big day for restaurants to become smoke-free is July 21, but Sheffield's is one step ahead because the restaurant is already smoke-free.

"I think about four years...maybe five years, we've been a nonsmoking establishment," said Herndon.

Even though the new law doesn't affect Sheffeild's, Herndon said that other local restaraunts that aren't smoke-free will face a big challenge.

"The restaurants in this town are going to have to make a big decision, and it's going to affect their clientele one way or another," he said.

If restaurants and bars in Arkansas choose not to be smoke-free, they do have another option, but it may come with a cost.  They'd have to serve only to those who are 21 years of age and older.

"As far as being a strictly adult...you know, having strictly adult patrons, that's out of the question for Sheffield's," said Herndon.   

Smoking will soon be gone in a puff for restaurants accross the state.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • 16-year-old shot by Marion police

    16-year-old shot by Marion police

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 5:47 AM EDT2017-07-26 09:47:10 GMT
    (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

    A 16-year-old was shot by a Marion Police Department officer.

    A 16-year-old was shot by a Marion Police Department officer.

  • ASP: 16-year-old shot by police

    ASP: 16-year-old shot by police

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 11:40 PM EDT2017-07-26 03:40:35 GMT
    Tuesday, July 25 2017 11:47 PM EDT2017-07-26 03:47:10 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    According to the Arkansas State Police, the 16-year-old injured in a shooting outside the Emergency Juvenile Shelter in Marion was shot by police. 

    According to the Arkansas State Police, the 16-year-old injured in a shooting outside the Emergency Juvenile Shelter in Marion was shot by police. 

  • City re-dedicates memorial, holds groundbreaking for future memorial

    City re-dedicates memorial, holds groundbreaking for future memorial

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 11:06 PM EDT2017-07-26 03:06:06 GMT
    Tuesday, July 25 2017 11:25 PM EDT2017-07-26 03:25:23 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Many Mississippi County residents spent their Tuesday afternoon celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Eaker Air Force Base closing.

    Many Mississippi County residents spent their Tuesday afternoon celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Eaker Air Force Base closing.

Powered by Frankly