One of the hot button topics in Chicago as of late is a proposed smoking ban. This ban would make it illegal to smoke in many, many public places – and one version of the bill would make it illegal to smoke in bars, as well.
The arguments against the ban? It’ll cost business owners good money to do this – fewer people will come in if they can’t smoke. And there’s the issue of workers who smoke. It looks like many are threatening to quit if they can’t have their cigarettes.
In California, where a statewide smoking ban in bars and restaurants exists, restaurants were claiming a 12% drop in business. But tax records show a revenue increase of about 5.9% at restaurants, and 5.1% at bars.
I don’t smoke, and I have no problem with the ban. Why? Because it affects other people’s health negatively. It’s not just something that affects the smoker; it affects the people around the smoker, too. Not wanting to be around smoke isn’t just a matter of personal preference – in which case, I would say the ban is silly. Smoking has real implications for those with weak respiratory systems, for instance – and why should those people be excluded from going places due to smoke?
Smoking is bad for everyone. It’s time to put it out wherever possible.
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