The Smoking Ban – Does anyone care anymore?

So it’s almost been a year since the statewide ban went into effect, and the Minneapolis ban went into effect back in 2005. I haven’t heard much griping lately and according to this Pioneer Press article a majority of people agree with it.

I personally enjoy going to see a band in a club and not having a hazy nicotine hangover and being able to go outside and cool get some fresh air during the night is also a great even though I am not going out to smoke.

I also like to bring my kids to a restaurant and not have smoke drifting over from the smoking section. Has anyone seen any adverse effects – Bars closing, less tips for waitpeople, etc…

It doesn’t sound like it from the article, besides the fall in revenue from the pulltabs. Plus it looks like the health factor cannot not be denied. Hip Hip Hooray for the smoking ban!!

Smokers feel free to blast this post.

4 Comments so far

  1. greg on September 29th, 2008 @ 12:15 pm

    As a non-smoker, I also like not smelling like smoke, but I sure hate the idea that the government can infringe on privately owned businesses without an ounce of public outcry.

    We’re not talking about public libraries; we’re talking about restaurants and bars where patrons have a choice if they want to go inside to dine and/or work at within smokey environs.

    It’s not a constitutional right that the nanny state must protect for us — instead, it’s a very slippery slope.

  2. Erica M (ericam) on September 29th, 2008 @ 12:48 pm

    I’ll confess that I enjoy the smoking ban, as a non-smoker, and that I have a really hard time separating my personal best interest from the principle of the thing. That said….

    The smoking ban is more of a result of a significant decrease in smoking than a driver of it. If that many people still wanted to smoke that badly, the ban would not have made it into effect.

    It’s not a "freedom of whatever" issue so much as it’s a public health issue, which is very much the government’s responsibility.

  3. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on September 30th, 2008 @ 10:44 am

    Ahem. You didn’t really think I would miss this thread, did you?

    I think there are a number of "slippery slope" issues you should worry about rather than this commonsense public health legislation, Greg. We passed a law making half the indoor workplaces smokefree 30 years ago. All the new law did was protect the thousands of minnesota workers left behind.

    I works both ways, Erica. Yes, bans get passed today because fewer people smoke. But also, fewer people smoke because of bans. We got the proof.

  4. lindabee on October 12th, 2008 @ 1:05 am

    But what about my freedom to breathe clean air? It’s not really a "choice" whether to go to this bar/restaurant or that bar/restaurant, if all of them allow smoking. Not wanting to smell like a rancid ashtray kept a lot of people out of those places entirely.

    It’s SO nice to be able to go out and not have to think about it.

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