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    Friday, May 25, 2007

    Speaking of Witch Hunts: Ohio's new public smoking ban is turning its citizens into little Robespierre's:

    Since enforcement of Ohio's law banning public smoking went into effect on May 3, the state has received 4,251 complaints -- an average of 193 a day.

    Smoking in prohibited areas is the most common grievance, though callers also have complained that some establishments are leaving ashtrays on the tables, some aren't posting the required "No Smoking" signs and some are allowing smoke from outside to waft inside.

    The "No Smoking" sign is required by law to include the phone number for complaining. As one would expect, it's giving the upper hand to the chronically disgruntled and aggrieved. Smoke wafting from outside? Come now.

    posted by Sydney on 5/25/2007 08:29:00 AM 3 comments


    I used to frequent a restaurant that was divided down the middle, with smokers on one side and non on the other. None of the wait staff wanted to work on the nonsmoking side; they called it "being thrown to the wolves."

    It seems that the nonsmokers as a group were surly, demanding bastards who found more than smoke to complain about.

    This microcosm indicates that a nonsmoking world will be a meaner world. Good luck, sheep.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:10 AM  

    When I pay good money for a non-smoking room in the non-smoking wing of a nice hotel, you bet I rat on the people next door who are smoking. And how do I know they are smoking? Because the smoke wafts into my room, and I don't like it.

    By Anonymous Bruce Small, at 7:45 PM  

    For me, it's more then a matter of just disliking the smell of cigarettes. I've had asthma since I was a child and one whiff of a cigarette or cigar can cause me to have an attack.

    I limit my exposure as much as possibl. I live in the Bay Area now, but am glad to see other areas are realizing how dangerous second hand smoke is.

    And FYI, I've walked out of many restaurants that let their employees and customers sit right outside the door and smoke. Wafting smoke is just as damaging.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:33 PM  

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