Second-hand sympathy

After reading about Roman’s Take Out having a problem with smokers outside their business [”Benched,” July 28, Xpress], I realized I'm not the only one.

I run Skinny Beats Drum Shop on Eagle Street. There is a stairwell next to my entrance, which is a common hangout for people to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. Second hand smoke is unhealthy and affects everyone. I realize this is a hot issue since there are many cigarette smokers in the area, and I certainly haven't found any solution to the problem.

I would love to open the door to my retail space and not have clouds of cigarette smoke in my shop. I would also like to sit out front and breathe air that is not full of cigarette smoke. I would appreciate any suggestions or comments on this issue.

— Billy Zanski Skinny Beats Drum Shop Asheville

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