I heard about the anti smoking laws in the USA with horror. Two reasons:
1) Where the USA goes Britain follows
(I'm a Brit)
2) I had always thought that the USA had a strong libertarian
streak. I don't entirely agree with Libertarians, but I sympathise with them.
I gave up smoking a while back. Tobacco is the nastiest drug I have ever taken. It is an addiction, and nothing else
. People don't enjoy cigarettes, they enjoy the temporary relief from nicotene craving. Smoking makes junk food tolerable. You mistake the hunger for vitamins, minerals etc. for a craving for cigarettes. It also counteracts the nicer effects of marijuana
Couldn't America, land of the free, adopted a pizzacratic
free market solution? Namely smoke free bars, restaurants etc. for people who worry about second hand smoke
, and smokers bars for smokers and the non-smokers who aren't bothered by smoke?
Most smokers are willing to step outside for a cigarette when in the company of non-smokers and most non-smokers don't mind a bit of smoke occasionally.
If it happens in Britain, I will be setting up an illegal smokers bar/tobacconist, preferably in a basement somewhere where smokers can all inhale each others sidestream smoke and thus use the tobacco more efficiently.
Gas masks will be available for staff if required