At Weather & Coffee, a coffee shop near Bell Road and Arizona 51, storeowners and employees were mixed on the smoking ban.
“The objectionable part is the law is trying to make us cops,” said owner Ed Phillips. “We’re business owners. We have a patio. If people want to smoke, they know to smoke outside.”
Holly Staley, an employee at the coffee shop, said she likes to smoke when she goes out. She doesn’t smoke in her car, or at home. She’s considering her options.
“Basically I’ll be staying home and smoking on my property,” Staley said. “It’s going to be difficult finding a completely new place to go out to.”
Staley said when a similar smoking ban took effect in Washington State, friends reported that there weren’t enough people to enforce the law, so people still smoked outside of doorways, regardless of 20-foot boundaries.
“If you’re 18 and older, in places where there are no children present, you should be allowed to smoke,” Staley said. “It’s like the smokers can’t go anywhere.”