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Friday, May 18, 2007

Inhaling Back to Reality

I'll let the Sun describe it:
Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law one of the most restrictive smoking bans in the nation yesterday, putting to rest four years of wrangling between public health advocates concerned about secondhand smoke and restaurateurs who claimed the measure would hurt neighborhood mom-and-pop operations.

The law requires bars and restaurants, as well as private clubs such as American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars halls, to be smoke-free by Feb. 1. Some businesses eligible for financial hardship waivers from the state would get a three-year extension but must be smoke-free by 2011. With the law signed, tobacco shops are virtually the only public indoor places where smoking will be allowed in Maryland.
Yes, nothing new here, it's just now become a real and official law, enforced by the goons of the state. But the head douche bags of the legislative bodies (whom I've both met and respectively hold the the lowest possible regard) seem to think that the Maryland State House should be setting fashion and trends.
It's no longer fashionable to be smoking," House Speaker Michael E. Busch said after yesterday's bill-signing ceremony, at which he and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller joined O'Malley. "When I was growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, it was a different thing - you were strange if you didn't smoke. But now there's no longer a question about the carcinogenic effect of tobacco. Jurisdictions around the state were already starting to do it. States around the country were already doing it. The time had come."
Full article here.

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