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8th-May-2009 02:53 am (UTC)
The gov't are going to ban people to death or that what it comes across to me. I might be wrong, but at this rate, the gov't will probably put a ban on people breathing fresh air (outdoors) next
8th-May-2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Thankfully, Missouri hasn't quite gone this nuts yet. the way Ohio's ban is written penalizes the business, rather than the the smoker, which is one of my biggest issues with it.
8th-May-2009 03:13 am (UTC)
This is so damned funny. And it's true. Ohio's law is ignorant and unenforceable. and punishes the wrong people anyway. It should never have been passed, and in fact probably wouldn't have been if there hadn't been two proposals on the ballot at the same time, the wording of both so confusing that nobody really knew what the hell they were voting for. I have talked to a lot of people, and have only ever found one person who would admit to voting for the ban... and that person couldn't give a good reason for voting for it. The law was really specifically aimed to get people to stop smoking in bars, and that person didn't even drink. *rolls eyes* If there were a MARKET for bars that didn't allow smoking, then there would already BEEN bars that banned smoking, or at least there would have been bars that had things like you know.. Ladie's night, Karaoke night, Non-smoker's night. You know? I hope this law ends up throw to the wolves. And I don't even smoke any more.
8th-May-2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Well, from what I understand, it's also mostly unenforceable. The bar my brother DJ's for allows smoking still.

I think the major problem is that it pretty much relies on voluntary reporting, which in turn leads to blackmail. That and it punishes the bar rather than the person smoking.
8th-May-2009 04:51 am (UTC)
Yah, the fact of the matter is, that most of the bars find paying the fine whenever it happens to be less costly than the accumulated cost of customers choosing another bar that allows smoking inside. I have heard that some bars are selling a 'membership' upon entry so they can say it's a private club. The person buys a membership when they come in, (like paying a cover), and in some cases, when they turn in their membership upon leaving, they get their money back from the doorman. *shrug* It's a stupid law that really was probably only wanted by do gooders who mostly don't even go to bars themselves and who think that trying to force people to have healthy habits or give up unhealthy ones is to make laws against what they decide is unhealthy. Next it'll be fast food. Just wait.
8th-May-2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
Well, I know NYC already has that Trans fat ban in effect...

I will say that it is kind of a shock down here on the rare occasions I go out to a bar to have to deal with the cloud of smoke.
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