Here’s the poll: Most Illinoisans want a statewide smoking ban.
Now, who is going to get this into law? Seems like we have a couple of people running for governor who might want to get behind a popular idea. Any takers? It might even get you some points in the Race for the Mansion.
And this is interesting:
A statewide smoking ban cleared a House committee last winter but has never gotten a vote in either chamber of the General Assembly. [Kathy Drea, public policy director for the American Lung Association of Illinois and Iowa] hopes a ban will get a vote when the new General Assembly is sworn in in January.Hooray for Springfield; leading the way to a statewide ban.
"It's a non-election year, so it'll be more positive for a vote," she said. "(The ban in) Springfield was so important because all of the legislators live here six months out of the year. They will be able to see people still go out, still want to be with their friends."
Oh, and by the way, for you who continue be confused as to whether smoking bans can work without destroying business, consider this:
Fourteen states - California, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Hawaii, Montana, Utah, New Jersey, Colorado - have enacted comprehensive indoor smoking bans, which include bars and restaurants.I’ve not heard of any widespread economic destruction in any of these states. The “it’ll hurt business” argument is all the pro-smoking folks have and it’s bogus.