Bar owners in Fitchburg are trying to snuff out a potential smoking ban in their community.
Thursday morning's rain didn't stop these people from showing up to criticize the idea of expanding Madison's ban to Fitchburg. Most opponents cited the stunning loss of business that Madison bars are experiencing due to the ban and they oppose the idea of sending their customers elsewhere to drink and smoke.
The Alderman Richard Bloomquist is proposing the smoking ban, he says he has received a lot of comments from citizens and they support the ban by an overwhelming margin. "We represent the citizens. If the overwhelming public support is one way or another I think we owe it, we should listen to the citizens."
The alderman says he wants to hold more listening sessions with the public before he considers drafting a smoking ban.