Southaven fires up new no smoking law

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — As you walk into Huey’s in Southaven, you’ll hear, “Welcome to Huey’s, take a seat wherever you’d like. The whole restaurant is non-smoking.”

Starting Tuesday, that’s true across all of Southaven. The city made it illegal to light up inside restaurants.

Ashley Robilio’s family owns this restaurant and knows this change is a big deal for some of their customers.

“If you’re a smoker, I think this is going to be a big adjustment for you,” she said.

Robilio says it’s so far so good when it comes to customer feedback about the ban.

Rick Thome said he’s more likely to eat there because of it.

“I won’t be eating in a cloud of smoke. It won’t get all over my clothes,” he said.

But in Mississippi, eating and smoking are a common pairing. Now patrons who want to light up must get used to stepping outside.

WREG spoke with several smokers who say this ban is not a big deal during the daytime, but at night, when they’re out with friends, it’s annoying to have to step outside to have a cigarette.

Robilio is interested to see how the weekend crowd handles the news.

“Some of our regulars who are smokers that come in for happy hour in the evening. I am curious to see what happens to them,” she said.

She says a lot of restaurants held out on banning smoking because they didn’t want to lose customers to their competition. Now that it’s a city-wide rule, they don’t have to worry about that.

Thome added, “It’s a healthier choice. Better for the kids who come in here and everybody.”

9 comments

    • TigerFan

      I agree. It seems like the smokers think just the smell of the smoke isn’t offensive to nonsmokers.It’s disrespectful to people with COPD, asthma, etc…. I can’t tell you how much I love the smell of sizzling fajitas on the way to my table when I get a whiff of someone’s cigarette smoke. ( Hence my sarcasm ) The ones smoking Ecigarettes are offensive too. Oh, the scent of cotton candy being blown in my face makes all the difference. No it’s still disgusting. I as a nonsmoker can get a buzz off of someone’s Ecig.You’re lungs do not absorb 100% of what you’re inhaling. It’s just rude. If I ask even someone with an Ecig, to not blow it around me they get offended. Simply put people have lost manners and respect for others.

      • harleyrider1978

        Manners and respect went out the window with the first criminal law of a smoking ban! Repeal the bans then start talking about manners again. I don’t see smokers pushing for laws against non-smokers for getting near them while the smoke!……………..

      • harleyrider1978

        Have your laugh today for tomorrow the bans will be repealed and you will be out of a job and crying!

      • youhavegottobekidding

        I know I went to a restaurant in Southaven last year. It was so smoked filled, I left. Couldn’t even think about ordering food. I might consider going back, if they remodel and got rid of the smell. HARLEYBOY – you stink. I don’t care if you smoke yourself to death in your own home, just don’t IMPOSE your nastiness on me. There is a difference between a campfire/bbq smell and cigs. Since your sense of smell is weak, and you lack the ability to quit, you will never know the difference.

  • Elizabeth

    “But in Mississippi, eating and smoking are a common pairing.” Thanks for the stereotyping and generalization, WREG… By the way, it was Mississippians who pushed for this smoking ban.

  • youhavegottobekidding

    If you quit smoking…like I did, that would answer all your questions. I can smell you driving down the interstate…yes, and you stink. I used to smell that way. When we moved into a new house, move in all my smoke filled furniture, I was appalled and grossed out.

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