When Expressions owner Angela Lanza first heard of the proposed ban on smoking in public places in Orange County, she was not surprised.
But she is against the ban, and said there is no need to limit smoking more than it already has been.
“There are better things to worry (about) other than smoking outside,” said Lanza, whose East Franklin Street store sells tobacco products.
The ban was proposed by the Orange County Board of Health in September, and aims to extend an existing ban on smoking to cover any public place in the county.
If implemented, smokers could not light up anymore in places such as parks, government grounds, sidewalks and retail stores.
Despite the proposed ban, most tobacco shop workers are confident their businesses will not suffer.
“Customers like socializing and smoking their hand-rolled tobacco in the little area outside our door,” Lanza said.
“I’m sure they will still come and hang out just the same.”
R.J. Crumpler, manager of the West Franklin Street store Hazmat, said he does not feel pressured by the ban.