Alley owners: Smoking ban poses no problems

The state won't be enforcing the smoking ban in public places until May, but at least two area bowling alley owners don't expect it to be a problem. "Some of them will have been educated (by then), and I won't have to feel the brunt of it," said Gary Gilbert, who has owned River View Lanes in Huron since 1991.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

The state won't be enforcing the smoking ban in public places until May, but at least two area bowling alley owners don't expect it to be a problem.

"Some of them will have been educated (by then), and I won't have to feel the brunt of it," said Gary Gilbert, who has owned River View Lanes in Huron since 1991.

"Believe it or not, I don't get a lot of smokers," Gilbert added, estimating only one or two out of every 10 customers smoke. He has been in the bowling business for 23 years.

On Nov. 7, Ohio voters passed a smoking ban that became effective exactly one month later. According to the Ohio Department of Health Web site, the new law required "public places" and "places of employment" to be smoke free as of Dec. 7, posting "no smoking" signs with a telephone number for reporting violations: 1-866-559-6446.

The state law also required the locations to remove ashtrays and other smoking receptacles by Dec. 7.

"I don't think it's going to be a factor. I think people are going to be pretty receptive to it," said Dwight Tkach, the owner of Kenilee Lanes & Pro Shop since 1996.

"It's made it nicer ... from an environmental perspective."

About 20 percent of Kenilee customers are smokers, Tkach said.