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[User Picture]From: pyrtolin Date: September 27th, 2006 - 06:10 pm (Link)
The argument from the customer standpoint is bullshit. Action from non-smokers who aren't willing to suck it up and not patronize smoking establishments that they otherwise enjoy, till market pressure works on thier side.

On the other hand, there's a lot to said about the employee angle. Some consideratin has to be made for the fact that there are people who are stuck working in that environment (and opting out of whatever employment you can get, for most people that would be working hhere is just plain dumb)

On the whole, I think it's an overstep of legislative power. If anything Id be happy to see direct licensing, just like alcohol. Your plan is good to.

I've heard one claim that a not well publicized exemption is establishments that do less than 20% of their business in food- so your regular bar is exempt, only ones that are more pub/restaurant style are affected. A touch more reasonable, but even so, it's not the right way to acheive the end, I think.
[User Picture]From: pyrtolin Date: September 27th, 2006 - 06:13 pm (Link)
It's probably worth qualifying that I'm saying this as a complete non-smoker. I'll definitely appreciate the results, but I think that this wasn't the right way to achieve them.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: September 27th, 2006 - 07:16 pm (Link)
yeah... see, I don't see anyone saying exactly what's wrong with my plan other than the fact that it potentially makes both sides happy instead of just "winning" for one side or the other.
[User Picture]From: pyrtolin Date: September 27th, 2006 - 07:20 pm (Link)
But that would be compromise. We can't have that. Conservation of Misery must be enforced.

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