It's been a busy few weeks for smoking bans, what with Clayton enacting one that "bans smoking in city parks as well as all city-owned outdoor properties, such as parking lots" and the implementation of Wash U's own ban on outdoor smoking.
Now comes word down the, er, pipeline that the Old Rock House has decided to go non-smoking, effective September 1. Says the venue:
So, the Old Rock House is finally succumbing to peer pressure. "It's OK, everybody's doing it," our friends said. "It will make you look cooler, and older, and girls really dig it." So we are giving in. On September 1, we will let go of our last bit of will power and become, officially, a smoke-free venue. The majority of our artists and valued customers are now requesting this, and well- it kinda seems like the right thing to do. Our gorgeous patio will still be available for our customers who do need a cigarette, and hopefully by September 1 you will not be in danger of spontaneously combusting from the heat. We hope you understand that this decision is being made in order to continue improving the concert experience for our customers.
The Pageant banned smoking as of July 1. The city-wide ban goes into effect in January 2011.