Smoking is allowed in The Vortex. Our bar was designed as a social gathering place for adults, and we understand that some adults may enjoy a cigarette (or e-cigarette) when they’re socializing. If you decide to smoke in The Vortex, please make sure you know where our designated smoking areas are, as they are limited. And be aware that we do not allow the smoking of cigars, pipes, clove cigarettes, or any substance forbidden by the authoritarian overlords.

While we are proud to accommodate non-smokers and smokers alike, we will not put up with crybabies. If you personally can not tolerate being around smokers, then The Vortex might not be the right place for you. Fortunately there are many, many fine non-smoking establishments in Atlanta. 

The largest-ever scientific study on second-hand smoke and lung cancer, published in 1998 by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, reported absolutely NO statistically significant increase in a lung cancer risk associated with exposure to second-hand smoke. Despite attempts by the EPA, and the anti-tobacco industry, to claim that second-hand smoke causes cancer, not a single valid scientific study has ever corroborated that claim. Studies conducted by the EPA were found to have “fudged” their analysis to reach a predetermined conclusion, using thoroughly dishonest, and patently non-scientific procedures. The myth of second-hand smoke being a health hazard is based solely on disproven “politically correct” junk science. But if you repeat a lie enough times, most people will believe it is the truth.

Ultimately, we feel that matters of personal risk assessment are best left to the individual, not the State. We believe that sovereign individuals must have supreme authority over their personal choices with regard to their own body, life and behavior, without the interference of governing powers. As advocates for this kind of freedom, we are deeply concerned that more citizens do not seem to understand the real dangers of coercive legislation. Any time you create a State apparatus capable of repression, it will inevitably fall into the hands of bullies, busy-bodies and tyrants. History has proven this time and time again.

Second-Hand Smoke is better than Second-Hand Fascism.