MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) - Businesses going smoke free is a trend that's already hit the Grand Strand and Pee Dee. Now a Myrtle Beach dance club is joining the party. Revolutions no longer allows people to smoke inside.
Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach is relatively calm during the day but with summer approaching it will be packed with people at night. In January Crocodile Rocks stopped allowing people to smoke inside. Owner Craig Smith decided to do the same at his other business, Revolutions.
"I can't please everybody unfortunately. I want to. But the overall success and the overall comments that I have received has been more favorable than the negative comments," he shared. "We started listening to our guests for about the past 30 days and the majority of them wanted to see if we would try going smoke free so we listened to them and that's why we're doing it."
Thursday night the club celebrated their 18th anniversary by going smoke free.
"We had a company come in here and we pretty much cleaned all the walls down to the carpet up to the ceiling getting all the soot, tar, nicotine out and you can tell right now it smells fresh in here, it smells good," said Smith.
He's hopeful the smoke free move will go over well.
"Basically a lot of the guests that we have coming down here are from various parts of the United States and the majority of them they can't smoke in any of the places where they're at so they're used to it so it's kind of the norm for them," Smith added.
Smith said he's not trying to alienate those who smoke, if they want a cigarette they can go out on the balcony.
Smoker Kenneth Line supports the change, "doesn't bother me to walk outside to have a cigarette, respect someone else and come back inside, have a drink, continue enjoying the night."
Whether other Celebrity Square bars and nightclubs will join the trend remains to be seen. Smith said, "I've talked to some of my other buddies that run some of the other clubs, they're considering it. I guess they're kind of waiting to see what happens with us and if we're successful with it I think they're gonna be following us as well."
Smoking is not allowed inside bars and restaurants in several towns and cities in our area including North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, and Florence
According to the Centers for Disease Control 19% of adults over 18 smoke.