LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas House of Representatives will take up House Bill 2119 which prohibits smoking in public places, amending the Clean Indoor Air Act.
"Well I think it could be detrimental to our business because we are a smoking facility," said Anna Reed, manager at Zack's Place in Little Rock.
Reed said 75-percent of customers smoke.
"They can come in here, they can relax in a very relaxing atmosphere, have a glass of wine, a coke with dinner and be able to have their after dinner cigarette without any problems or issues," said Reed.
Should the bill become law it will be known as the Arkansas Clean Air Act.
The billdefines public places asbanks, bars, educational facilities, health care facilities, laundromats, public transportation facilities, reception areas, restaurants, retail food production and marketing, retail service establishments, retail stores, shopping malls, sports arenas, theaters and waiting rooms.
"I come in here to see (friends)them, talk to them, have a good time and head to the house... nothing wrong with that," said Henry Moore, a patron of Zack's Place.
As it stands the bill will now go before the Public Healthand Welfare and Labor committees.