Exposure to second-hand smoke decreasing, study says

After decades of allowing smokers to light up during meals, Ol' South Pancake House in Forth Worth, Texas, ended the long-standing practice — as required by new city law — on Jan. 1.

It cleaned the walls, changed the carpet and scrubbed down everything in sight. Now the only thing smoking is the food in the kitchen.

The nationwide movement to limit smoking is paying off, some say.

"It seems strange; it's like making a class of people second class because the other half doesn't like it," said Marvin Brozgold, owner of the restaurant. "It's abusive to have a smoker next to you if smoke bothers you. It's also abusive to have to go outside.

"I don't know if it's right or wrong. It is what it is."

What it is may be contributing to fewer people being exposed to secondhand smoke — a trend showing up across the country, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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