Former bartender Tim Vaske says one of the reasons he quit his part-time job at a Haymarket pub was because of second-hand smoke.
Vaske says the Lincoln City Council should pass a smoking ban to protect others like him, who are at risk every day on the job.
Lincoln/Lancaster county health officials say Vaske's fears are well founded. The health department says there are more than 30,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke alone and that the air inside a smoking establishment can be up to 1,000 times as polluted as outside air.
The city council hopes to have a polished smoking ban compromise ready to vote on during their Dec. 15 meeting.
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Overview of Tobacco Use
Source: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/overview/30yrs2t.htm (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).