Doctors say it's a health issue.
Governor JUDY MARTZ (Montana): Sure, it's a health issue. Sure, it's a
MITCHELL: They go...
Gov. MARTZ: But it's a choice issue, too.
MITCHELL: They al--they go so far as to say that many of these tavern owners
and casino owners are picking profit over...
Gov. MARTZ: Is that a sin?
Gov. MARTZ: ...picking profit over murder. They say they're killing people.
Gov. MARTZ: No, no. That would say--that would mean like anybody that
drives a big truck is a murderer because a big truck could kill someone. You
have a choice to get in the way of the truck, or you have a choice to get out
of the way. You have a choice to go into a smoking facility, or you have a
choice to stay out of that smoking facility.
(Footage of tavern)
MITCHELL: (Voiceover) But is it a matter of choice for everyone?
Mr. TOBY DeWOLF (Restaurant Owner): And I think consumers have a choice, but
I don't think employees at this point--I still think the issue stands that an
employee does not want to challenge their employer on this issue because of
fear of losing their job.
MITCHELL: (Voiceover) Toby DeWolf owns a downtown restaurant and watering
hole which he's long kept smoke-free, for his health, he says, and for the
health of the people who depend on him for their jobs.
Mr. DeWOLF: When you're working in that kind of environment for 16, 18 hours
a day, and that becomes your livelihood, you know, it's--it's your health and
the health of the employees at risk all the time.
(Footage of smoker; hospital; heart monitor readout; emergency room)
MITCHELL: (Voiceover) And in fact, within weeks after the ban was suspended,
doctors say they saw the number of heart attacks bounce back, all the way back