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Monday, 15 March 2010

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Proponents of the ban state that it helps non-smokers enjoy their drinks or meals without being interrupted by heavy smoke. They also use evidence that states the health problems caused by smoking as backup to their cause. Many establishments are for the ban, as they were already smoke-free and unaffected by the changes. Of course, it doesn’t hurt them either that many competitors are having to shut down. The ones that are really hurt are the smaller businesses that were seen as places for many loyal locals to come and enjoy a drink and a smoke. The ban has made such places not as enjoyable as before, thus cutting customers and in turn causing a loss in revenue.

Once again, the issue of personal choice and freedom comes into play. Those who oppose the ban feel that since their businesses are private, they should have the right to decide whether or not to allow smoking. They are in fear of Big Government dictating how they should run their lives. They believe that the market itself can help decide whether or not it is advantageous for them to make their establishments ones that accept smoking or are smoke-free. There will always be people who prefer to smoke in public places and those who wish to stay away from such areas. This is fine, but let the public decide, rather than a select few. The health issues do come into play, as many have stated that second-hand smoke is harmful. In that case, as mentioned, those who wish to avoid second-hand smoke can patronize smoke-free establishments.

For the time being, the current ban will continue to hurt many of York County’s long-standing watering holes and restaurants unless the proposed amendment is passed. There is little doubt that many patrons and business owners alike will be anxiously awaiting the final voting outcome, as not only the leisure of many is at stake, but their livelihood and income as well.

That concludes my first report on 2010’s smoking legislation news so far. Stay tuned for part two where I will discuss more bans and related news that have occurred around the nation recently.






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