I happened to catch part of the WAND-TV news over lunch and saw part of a story about (I think) the Macon County board debating if an anti-smoking ordinance should be considered there. The board president (I think) was shown saying he thought they should wait to see what economic impact there is in Springfield and Champaign which are about to implement smoking bans.
Uhhhhh…dude, there are smoking bans all over the place outside of Central Illinois. Whole states have enacted them. Hell, entire countries got ‘em. Why do you need to look at Springfield and Champaign to determine the economic impact?
This drives me nuts because the pro-smoking crowd in every local community around here acts like this is some sort of wacky, untested scheme. Let me say this slowly: There….are…working…viable…smoking bans…EVERY FUCKING WHERE YOU IDIOTS. Damn, turn on a tee-vee or open a newspaper. Get on one of them internets already. Dumb fucks.
Look, you can oppose smoking bans for a number of reasons, but claiming such bans are untested is NOT one of them. Use something else like, it’s your right to blow carcinogens in other people’s faces or something, but give the uncharted territory theme a rest.