Citations Issued For Smoking Inside Business

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The owner of an Omaha business continues to take a stand against the state's smoking ban in bars and restaurants.

A new round in the battle kicked off Tuesday evening when a customer was cited for smoking at Big John's Billiards near 98th and M streets. Ownership was cited for allowing it.

The billiard hall and restaurant has several prominent signs informing patrons that it is, in fact, a bar that allows smoking. The owner tells Channel 6 News they have allowed smoking for a couple of weeks with no incidents and a slight bump in profits.

By Tuesday evening, OPD vice officers called a uniformed officer in to write the tickets. Mark Welsch with GASP of Nebraska applauds the citation. "Every other business in the state is playing by the rules, they're obeying the law and I think this business should obey the law as well."

Big John's owner and manager Bill Prout, says the business will continue to allow smoking and plans on another legal fight in the Nebraska courts.

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