I ran across a post on North Richmond News this evening that got me thinking about smoking policies in public establishments. So here’s the deal, I used to smoke, about a pack a day and I did it for more years than I am willing to admit. And I’m only 28. So anyway, I used to hate those places that didn’t allow smoking. I would avoid them if at all possible and when I did go to them, I hated every minute. Now it’s not that I need to have a cig lit at all times, but knowing that I was not allowed to made it unbearable. Kinda weird now that I think about it a bit. I remember going to a pool hall near Boone, NC that was a non-smoking, family oriented, establishment and at the time I thought “What? A pool hall you can’t smoke in? That’s worse than being at Starbucks with no Camels.” , but now I miss out on playing pool because I choose not to inhale half a pack while playing. I actually have really been wishing for a non-smoking pool hall to open up in the area. I have a feeling it would be successful and I am sure I would visit, but for now I have to go early to beat the smoldering crowd.
New York and San Francisco have led the way in smoking bans and I am sure the non-smokers of the bunch are very happy with the results. I also know that many municipalities have considered doing the same thing. I always enjoy visiting these places for their clean air, but I don’t think a country wide ban would go nearly as well. I think it might end up more like a tobacco version of prohibition. And we don’t need any of that, we already have enough underground markets.
Here’s the thing, I happen to believe that smoking bans in restaurants, and the like, should be at the discretion of the establishments owners. In this case I think the pressure from Style is awesome. I hope Dot’s decides to make it a rule, but if they don’t, there are two very good options to choose from within a short drive. To Style I say “More of that please!”, because positive peer pressure works better than government laws, in my opinion at least.