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Tobacco Company goes smoke-free

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Customers at the Tobacco Company can no longer light up inside the landmark Richmond restaurant.

Until last week, guests were allowed to smoke while in the restaurant's ventilated dance club. However, management decided to voluntarily make the club non-smoking, saying the 20-something customers "want a different experience from previous party goers."

The Shockoe Slip restaurant is housed inside two former tobacco warehouses on the corner of 12th and Cary streets, purchased by Jearald Cable in 1973. The Slip itself was once a major hub for tobacco barons selling the crop as it made its way down the James River. 

The restaurant management said the decision to ban smoking was made "to enhance the experience of the new generation of Club goers," and drew comparisons to other decisions to modernize. Over the years, the restaurant has moved from liquor guns to bottle service, from cash-only to credit and installed free wifi, as well.

Now that the establishment is entirely non-smoking, patrons will have to step outside to light up.

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