Re: Smoking Laws
And I respectfully disagree. People are quitting for many factors, the aggressive bans are certainly one of them. I have heard from lots of folks, specially those who travel, that it is just way to difficult to be a smoker anymore. Can't smoke just about anywhere. Then there is the cost factor. Increased taxes has prompted a lot of folks to consider quitting. A police officer once told me he calculated how much he would spend in the next 10 years if he kept smoking. That was the motivation he needed.
After all that, I however do agree wholeheartedly that any ban like this can be a slippery slope. Which is why I firmly believe that any law like this should automatically sunset after a period. If the goal is to curb smoking, then it should work after 5, maybe 10 years. Lift the ban and see what happens. If we start to see a ton more complaints, then cities might want to reconsider.
Like walking backwards at a parade while eating peanuts with an ice cream cone in your pocket, some things may only need to be regulated for a short period.
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. -Albert Einstein