Yet Another Smoking Ban?
When I first saw the headline in the Times- Standard about the proposed smoking ban on Eureka's boardwalk, I was hoping the idea came from some recent transplant from the Bay Area. Nope, looks like it's some local merchants with the help of city council critter, Larry Glass.
Unbelievable. A smoking ban in one of the windiest parts of town. This just goes to show there can be no satisfying the nanny- staters.
Everyone should be concerned about this smoking ban if only because it's yet another restriction laid on everyone. I guess smoking bans [in bars] can even cause more harm as one study suggests.
That said, there are some good things that come from smoking bans, at least they're good from my point of view. For one thing, it creates black markets, which are nearly always a good thing in my view. Some places are even starting to see unlicensed businesses pop up as a result of smoking bans- another good thing in my view.
Sadly though, the American people are pretty docile and often won't rise up to protect the rights of anyone but themselves. If we don't fight for everyone's freedom, there won't be any freedoms left to fight for.