All Over But The Shouting

Well, it’s official, by a vote of 12 to 1, the DC Council voted to ban smoking in bars in restaurants effective on 1 January 2007. Now what’s left is the endless lawsuits, the building of the economic hardship guidelines and a whole sackload of congressional oversight. So, while we’re just 361 days from a fully smokei-free DC, it’s not going to be an easy task.

Councilwoman Carol Schwartz was the lone opposing vote, citing personal freedom and the acts of consenting adults.

It’s just a shame that I never consented to let others stink up the room.

8 Comments so far

  1. anna (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

    All due respect Tom, you consent to it when you go in.


  2. wayan (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 3:41 pm

    This will come not 361 days too soon, for like Tom, I treasure my health. Anna, your rights stop when they endager my health, and lets be clear smoking = cancer.


  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 3:42 pm

    Except I shouldn’t have to consent to smelling like an ashtray just to have a pint of guinness and a round of trivia. That’s holding me hostage because you’re an addict.


  4. Heather (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

    Another blow to free market capitalism.


  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 3:46 pm

    I don’t see this as a blow to free market capitalism, I see this as a sensible government acting on behalf of aggrieved and harmed bystanders who don’t want to smoke or inhale smoke.


  6. Tom Mills (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 4:10 pm

    I think the evidence suggests that the smoking ban may have actually helped bars and restaurants. I, for one, would certainly frequent bars that are smoke free over bars that allow smoking. Ditto with restaurants. Prince Georges County just passed their smoking ban as well (as already discussed extensively here at DC Metblogs).


  7. Don (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 4:35 pm

    If they write this requirement properly it’ll be a boon to capitalism. Some percentage of bars and clubs can install the necessary air-cleaning equipment and attract the clientle that wants to smoke with their booze, presumably a large number of them since they can’t smoke elsewhere.


  8. mike (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 5:18 pm

    Great points Tom. I love the “you consent to second-hand smoke when you walk into a bar” crap. Well, now smokers will consent to not killing their fellow citizens whenever they walk into a bar. A much better consent if you ask me.



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