Last bastion falling

Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 1:23 | Posted in smoking | Leave a comment

I recently wrote about a desperate need for a smokers’ save haven in light of the legislative anti smoking tendency spreading in Europe. As it seems now, one of the last bastions is falling, if not even the very last. Smoking is outright a way of life and a part of heritage in parts of Virginia but that did not stop the Virginian legislative from passing anti smoking laws.

Baring in mind that a relatively large part of Virginian restaurants have voluntarily banned smoking, i.e. without presence of laws, is this really a matter of legislation? If there is demand for both smokeless and smoky joints, could this not ideally be a matter for the market to decide?

The idea of Virginia adopting anti smoking laws just sounds as crazy as France banning wine or England banning cricket. Nobody in England is under obligation to watch a cricket game and all of the games are played on fields you need to specially go to in order to be exposed to the damaging site of adult men in white clothing running between gates. So why could not a legal activity, such as smoking, legally take place somewhere where nobody would unwillingly have to be exposed?


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