With non-smoking legislation kicking in on Oct. 1, questions about the convoluted law loom like smoke rings over the bar at Brown's Diner. Want to know what the Tennessee Non-Smoker Protection Act means for you? Call the Metro Public Health Department's Smoke Free Workplace Hotline at 340-2240.
The dulcet voice on the other end of the line will tell you that smoking is banned in public places with the notable exceptions of:
—establishments that restrict entry to folks 21 and up
—retail tobacco stores that prohibit minors
—private clubs, homes and cars
—non-enclosed areas such as patios, decks and porches
Who's going to enforce this codified kicking of the habit, you ask? The Metro Health Department Food Safety Division. And by Oct. 1, the state departments of Health and Labor & Workforce will have systems in place to accept complaints.
(I wonder how you phrase that enticing job posting on Monster.com? Must Love Narcs?)