WAUKESHA - At Nice Ash cigar bar in downtown Waukesha, patrons can
partake in an activity thatís rare inside area businesses -
As a cigar bar, smoking is a big focus of the business. They
offer a walk-in humidor full of numerous cigars that customers can
buy and smoke right there in the comfort of an oversized leather
However, due to some provisions in Gov. Jim Doyleís state
budget, Nice Ash and similar businesses might be forced to close up
shop in just a few months.
"We would have to completely change our focus. We couldnít
be a cigar bar," said Joette Barta, owner of Nice Ash.
"Tobacco is a legal product and in our place itís only being
used by adults.
"We feel in a free market society each business should be
allowed plenty of options, and down here many of the bars are smoke
The smoking ban proposal is back and unlike the last time it was
proposed, business owners are much more concerned itíll become a
reality by the end of the year.
Doyleís 2009-11 biennial budget includes a provision to ban
smoking in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants, that
would become effective 60 days after the document is approved and
signed by the governor.
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