Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said Thursday that he proposed a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants primarily to protect workers _ not customers.
I hate the term "slippery slope" because it is so overused, but it would be put to good use in this instance. If this is truly the reason, and I believe that it is, then the next logical step would be to ban smoking anywhere somewhere is employed. That has pretty far reaching implications.
From what I understand, it is already illegal to smoke in line to pay at any retail establishment. What’s the next piece that will be carved out? A quote in another article I read said it best, that it will get to the point to where a person will have to be an attorney to know whether or not they can smoke at any given place.
If this is seriously being considered, then perhaps we should just cut to the chase and ban smoking altogether?
I still think that the issue here is not the smoking itself, but the air quality. Why not just legislate air quality and allow proprietors to install smoke-eaters if they want to permit smoking in their place of business. The end result is clean air in either case.