Undercover Investigation: Smoking Ban Violators 2-22-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Undercover Investigation: Smoking Ban Violators 2-22-2011

The smoking ban went into effect May 1, but that's not stopping some people.
Even with "No Smoking" signs clearly posted, some bars are letting the patrons run the pub.
The I-TEAM went undercover to observe whether customers and businesses abided by the new law.
You may be surprised by what we uncovered because not only did we see people blatantly ignoring the ban, we saw owners and staff allowing it -- even accommodating it.
When our hidden team asked a one waitress if it was OK to smoke, she joked with us about a health department inspector, “If you see a lady with a clipboard walk in, just stash the ash tray,” she said.
In all, the I-TEAM found people smoking in four out of the five bars we visited.
Click the video below to watch TV5's Liz Gelardi’s full report:
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