By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published May 09, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Like it or not, the smoking ban is coming. As of July 5, Milwaukeeans will no longer be able to light up in bars or restaurants.

One of the burning questions in my mind is how do bars plan to handle smokers who step out for a few drags? If smokers are forced to smoke outside, will the entrances to bars and restaurants be filled with smoke? Sounds like, for some, this could be an unsavory first experience.

Last weekend I was in Chicago, and I noticed that the smokers were standing right outside the bar, puffing away. It doesn't really bother me, because I'm a only-when-I-drink smoker, but it was noted by my friend who quit a few years ago. And I agreed that it's gross to walk through a wall of smoke before entering a bar.

I hope for everyone's sake, bars and restaurants have a plan for smokers starting on July 6, and not just as ashtray next to the front door.


Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.