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13 arrested for smoking in Falls Church

Josh White

After repeated complaints about people smoking in and around a group of Vietnamese restaurants in Falls Church, police there last week arrested nine smokers for lighting up in "non-designated areas" of the restaurants and arrested four others for allowing smoking.

The 13 arrests for smoking followed months of complaints about the establishments in Eden Center, which is home to a number of Vietnamese eateries and shops.

Smoking in Virginia restaurants became limited last December as part of the Virginia Clean Air Act, which prohibits smoking in restaurants except in designated areas that are sealed behind doors and are specially ventilated.

Barbara Gordon, a spokeswoman for the City of Falls Church, said the police department had been receiving complaints about smoking at Eden Center “for quite some time” and included concerns about people smoking in the restaurants and depositing cigarette butts in areas where smoking is legally prohibited.

Police made the arrests at the following restaurants: Hai Lua, Pho Bien, Café Nho, Café Le Mirage, Tay Do and Hoa Vien Quan. All of the restaurants are in the 6700 block of Wilson Boulevard in the heart of Seven Corners.

Those arrested ranged in age from 23 to 56 and included people from Falls Church, Fairfax, Springfield, Annandale, Alexandria and Nottingham, Md.

According to state law, violating the smoking prohibition or allowing people to smoke in a restaurant can result in a maximum $25 fine. Gordon said those who were "arrested" were not taken into custody but were issued citations and fines.

-- Josh White

By Josh White  |  August 17, 2010; 3:07 PM ET
Categories:  Falls Church , Josh White  
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Good. I hate that so many people act like they do not understand what No Smoking means.

Posted by: ctree | August 17, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

For the police to take action this extreme in dealing with something as straightforward as 'do not smoke here', I can only imagine the amount of time and trips they have made out to the Eden Center in responding to the many complaints by citizens.
Kudos to the people who kept complaining and reporting, since the people violating the rules obviously were not going to obey them without being fined and forced into doing so. Kudos to the cops who kept at it. thumbs down to the owners and smokers who failed to do what all the rest of us do, obey the law. Hope the fine is steep and the probation long, annoying and time consuming. You certainly wasted our resources, money and time in dealing with you.

Posted by: wpost456 | August 17, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Can we please spend this same amount of time and resources rounding up all the ILLEGALS in northern Virginia?

Easier to persecute LEGAL Vietnamese refugees than the south-of-the-border hordes of ILLEGALS.

Posted by: wagtdn | August 17, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, wagtdn, for dragging in a completely unrelated topic so you can get up on a soapbox.

No one is being persecuted. Scofflaws are getting a long overdue lesson in what it means to obey the laws.

Posted by: krickey7 | August 17, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

another fine example of "your laws don't apply to us, we'll do what we want to do"

Posted by: icebluekoolaid1 | August 17, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Nobody had a hose to put out the fires?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 17, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Jesus. Seriously?

Posted by: mikeleon87 | August 17, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

'Ur Pa-pers; vere are Ur PA-PERS??'

Who knew smoking would lead us goose-stepping into the New World Order...lol

Posted by: kahlua87 | August 17, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Can we please spend this same amount of time and resources rounding up all the ILLEGALS in northern Virginia?

Easier to persecute LEGAL Vietnamese refugees than the south-of-the-border hordes of ILLEGALS.

Posted by: wagtdn

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I agree! Why is it that a focus on illegals is profiling, but the liberals think this is the greatest thing they've every heard of because it's targeting what are likely citizens or legal residents.

As usual, liberals have stupid priorities.

Posted by: VAtrailerTrash | August 17, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

$25???!? I'm sure that will be a huge deterrent to ever doing this again.

Posted by: matt91 | August 17, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Yep! Must be those illegal-immigrant lovin', socialist pinko nazi types in Falls Church. Cut me a break already with this crap!

Posted by: 303030 | August 17, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I remember when smokers and non-smokers got along, where non-smokers didn't think they would die from a few whisps of smoke or a whole room full, and no one ever did. Someone saying you will doesn't make it so. there is a professor, UCLA School of Public Health's James Enstrom fired from that school because he adheres to academic integrity and the powers that be don't want him publishing his findings that are contrary to this agenda and PROVE that this is all nonsense! How 'bout we abide the U.S. Constitution and leave our property owners THEIR rights to run their business as they see fit, and let taxpaying smokers enjoy public spaces too? Get rid of these bans! I say put the SHS issue on trial before this goes any further!

Posted by: marbee | August 18, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I remember when smokers and non-smokers got along, where non-smokers didn't think they would die from a few whisps of smoke or a whole room full, and no one ever did. Someone saying you will doesn't make it so. there is a professor, UCLA School of Public Health's James Enstrom fired from that school because he adheres to academic integrity and the powers that be don't want him publishing his findings that are contrary to this agenda and PROVE that this is all nonsense! How 'bout we abide the U.S. Constitution and leave our property owners THEIR rights to run their business as they see fit, and let taxpaying smokers enjoy public spaces too? Get rid of these bans! I say put the SHS issue on trial before this goes any further!

Posted by: marbee | August 18, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I remember when smokers and non-smokers got along, where non-smokers didn't think they would die from a few whisps of smoke or a whole room full, and no one ever did. Someone saying you will doesn't make it so. There is a professor, UCLA School of Public Health, James Enstrom, fired from that school because he adheres to academic integrity and the powers that be don't want him publishing his findings that are contrary to this agenda and PROVE that this is all nonsense! How 'bout we abide the U.S. Constitution and leave our property owners THEIR rights to run their business as they see fit, and let taxpaying smokers enjoy public spaces too? Get rid of these bans! I say put the SHS issue on trial before this goes any further!

Posted by: marbee | August 18, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

This is a "Crime Scene" ? How many cigarette industry CEOs, or their enablers in government, were arrested for the monster crime of contaminating typical cigarettes with residues of many of 450 or so tobacco pesticides, radiation from certain phosphate fertilizers, dioxin-delivering chlorine pesticides and chlorine-bleached paper, any of about 1400 untested, often toxic, non-tobacco additives, burn accelerants, and fake tobacco made from all sorts of industrial waste cellulose?

To arrest deceived, secretly-poisoned smokers, the primary victims, as a "solution" to curb the effects of that is beyond comprehension.
Search up any of the relevant terms above for plenty more. It's no secret, just ignored.

Posted by: j_jonik | August 19, 2010 3:43 AM | Report abuse

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