By Joyce Hensley

Staff writer

HERMISTON — Beginning today, servers in family restaurants no longer will ask patrons if they want smoking or nonsmoking areas.

Any food serving facility that caters to people of all ages will be off limits to smoking.

The law, passed last spring by Legislature, irritates some people and pleases others.

“I don’t like this,” said Roseanna Johnson of Boardman. “I know they have it in California and I’m used to it there, but, I’ve been coming here (Shari’s Restaurant) for years. It’s just relaxing.”

Hank Studer of Hermiston said the law infringes on his right to smoke.

“I’m no longer given a choice,” he said. (For the full story please see the January 1, 2002 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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