Originally Posted by Turd Burglar
One of the big worries/complaints back when this was all going down was how these bar owners would suffer immeasurably by the smoking ban. How people would just not come around anymore and how the owners would go broke becasue of it.
Three years later it's safe to say that was nothing but a bunch of panicked chicken little thinking. The bar scene around town doesn't seem to be hurting for business.
It doesn't hurt business significantly, people and businesses adjuster. That isn't the issue. The issue is whether or not it is right for one group (anti-smoking) to FORCE private business owners to cater to them.
Let's say you don't like live music. Is it ok to write a law banning live music from bars so that YOU are more comfortable when you go out?
And don;t bring up the "health" issue. You're at a ****ing BAR. AND don't bring up the worker's health issue... they choose to work there, there are hundreds of jobs with far far far worse health conditions that we don't ban.
It's simple. Anti-smoking BULLIES used the force of government to impose their will upon private business owners. Period.