Smoking ban protest held in New Rochelle
Smokers in New Rochelle snuffed out of restaurants and bars took part in a statewide protest on Monday night. They say they're simply fed up with the law, and their mission is to get the smoking ban reversed.
Protestors outside Spectators Bar on North Street say the county smoking ban has taken their freedom away. They say they should be able to choose if they want to have a cigarette in a bar or restaurant.
New Rochelle bar owners say they've seen a 35 percent drop in business since the ban went into effect in June. But County Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua Lipsman says that's not so. He says research shows businesses are not suffering at all. Lipsman also says the ban is the right thing to do since second-hand smoke has proven to kill.
Protestors say they plan to travel to Albany on Tuesday to tell state legislators they want their choice back.