Woohoo! The Allegheny County Council has passed a ban on smoking in public buildings (Fedora Tip: The Burgh Blog )! I guess smokers will have to find another way to get their fix away from home . 😉
Addendum: I keep hearing that it's not the government's job to protect us from harmful substances. Really? Then what's the point of the FDA?
"The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all in their separate and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere." – Abraham Lncoln
I'd argue that addiction weakens the will sufficiently that individuals lose the ability, partialy or totally, to protect themselves.
Update: Just hours after the county passed the ban, the PA state senate exempted casinos from all smoking bans . What a crock of $#*%! Now the county ban is in jeopardy. Why do casinos deserve preferential treatment over bars and restaurants? Stupid greedy politicians. I guess now there's another reason to sweep more incumbents out .
I’m pleased to announce that another
country has passed a ban on smoking in public places. Woohoo! There’s more good
news on the horizon:
” In Britain, the government
has announced plans to introduce public smoking bans in England
Now, if we could just get more US states to follow New York and California’s lead…
The Governator has banned smoking in California prisons. I’m happy to see smoking
banned any place. This ban might have some interesting consequences, however. Cigarettes
are often used as currency in prison. This will upset the whole economy.
Restaurant Smoking Ban Discussed
A state lawmaker says the time has come to ban smoking at all workplaces in Pennsylvania, including bars and restaurants. State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Montgomery County, says he will push for legislation simlar to that of California, New York, Maine, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida and Massachusetts, where the law is already in place.