You want to go see a live band but the bar they are playing at is too smokey and you can’t stand the smell, so you stay away… and that is slowly changing as more and more smokers are giving us burning tobacco in favor of electronic cigarettes and taking up a new habit – vaping! The latest trend of switching out cigarettes for smoke-free vapors is having a positive effect for all those bars which have relied heavily on their crowds of customers who like to light up when they have a drink – and it may make the decision a lot easier for bar owners who have been considering making their places of business smoke-free as have most other places of business around town. I even noticed less ashtrays being spread about one of the bars this weekend as a sign of the times.
As you walk into many a bar these days, you will note that patrons are smoking traditional cigarettes less and experimenting with what some consider to be a safer alternative which we call vaping. This new form of smoking which replaces tobacco with a liquid that contains nicotine, a flavor and some natural or synthetic liquid that gets vaporized when heated up by a battery is slowly transforming smoke filled bars into places where the air is just a little bit cleaner these days. Bar owners who would love to make their establishments smoke-free are breathing a sigh of relief as their air filters are no longer working overtime trying to clean the exhaust of non-stop chain-smokers blowing smelly fumes into the air. The big question is how many vaping clients will it take before signs start going up on the walls to announce that these establishments are now prohibiting traditional cigarettes. Until recently, doing so would have risked a large source of revenue for bars and lounges where patrons could feel free to light up.
This blog is not about whether or not vaping is safer or not but simply an observance and aspiration that one day, patrons of live music will not have to worry about whether a bar allows smoking or not before deciding to go and enjoy their favorite band on a Friday or Saturday night. I think that it is truly amazing how much cleaner the output of an electronic cigarette is compared with those containing burning tobacco and I know that many a lead singer will prefer to sing in a smoke-free environment too. One of my fears is that vaping lounges will open up in the style of hookah lounges and start attracting a younger market away from bars and restaurants who currently support our local industry of live music.
As we all know, businesses have to either get with the times or eventually disappear. After all, you are reading this online and not in a local newspaper, right? There’s a lot to think about whether you are a smoker, a non-smoker, a fan of live music or the owner/manager of a local venue. Please feel free to share your comments on the subject as I am sure that this will be a HOT topic for years to come!
‘see you somewhere real soon!
The Weekend Concierge