Alibi V.12 No.44 • Oct 30-Nov 5, 2003 

Food Article

According to the 2004 Zagat guide to New York City restaurants, 73 percent of diners said the smoking ban had no effect on their dining frequency, while 23 percent report eating out more and 4 percent are eating out less. Though I'm sure there are still some restaurant owners and smokers who are still—shall we say fuming?—about Albuquerque's smoking ban, it seems that, as in New York, most restaurant patrons are thrilled about the change. Virtually all of the feedback I've gotten since the ban went into effect this summer has been positive. There are enough destinations in the city that have continued to allow smoking (because they do sell food, but more booze than food) that dedicated fumeurs can still eat while simultaneously drinking and smoking. Meanwhile, many happy diners have turned their focus to the smokiness in bars, an issue that is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon since the majority of residents (and the city council) seem to see bars as safe territory for smokers.