Smoking bans are a smokerâ€™s worst nightmare. Imagine having the freedom to smoke (cigarette or cigar it does not really matter) whenever and wherever you feel like it? The trend these days, however, is for cities to adopt smoking bans. On one hand, it does make sense. After all, containing smoking activities will do a world of good for the environment. More so, the people who do not smoke will not be bothered by inconsiderate smokers (yes, there are those kinds of people).
In Pennsylvania, however, the pending smoking ban that is to be introduced by Gov. Rendell, is causing quite a stir. The bill is not yet a law but will very soon be, judging by the enthusiastic response it got from the State Senate. This is particularly interesting because the state has long been considered to be the cigar capital of United States.
So what and who are affected by the impending smoking ban? Practically ALL public places. These include hospitals, schools, taxis, bus stops, buses, bus stations, and even sports facilities! Restaurants are also included in the ban. There are some exemptions though. These include bars and cafes which do not derive more than 20% of their income from food. Hotels can have a maximum of 25% of their rooms designated as smoking rooms.
So itâ€™s not really that bad, I suppose. PA smokers will just have to adjust much like the people in other cities of world have when they decided to place a smoking ban. It is not that hard, trust me.
Originally posted on June 11, 2008 @ 6:06 pm