Friday, December 11, 2009

Smoking Ban INCLUDES Outdoor Patios

The new Michigan smoking ban in workplaces includes all bars and restaurants in the state. And in their wisdom to protect workers from second hand smoke, the legislature included all areas of the premises of our bars and restaurants, including outdoor patios.

Billed and sold as a way to protect employees health, which is a noble thing, the law includes banning people from smoking outdoors. One wonders then if there were other reasons the legislators had for enacting this new law.

Michigan relies on huge amounts of tax dollars from tobacco to run its government. Millions of dollars per day are collected. So it seems that they will take money from smokers with one hand but slap them with the other if they want to sit outside and have a smoke with a beer.

Smoking is unhealthy, expensive, and addictive. But it is also legal. Well, legal except in places were it is illegal. And that now includes the great outdoors.

Big Brother isnt done yet.

The next sin to be taken up will be over-eating, junk food, and obesity. I wonder what else will come down the pike from our benevolent government. Since drinking is also often unhealthy, maybe they will ban drinking in the bars as well ?

Oh, and you can still smoke while you gamble. But you can't smoke where you drink where you gamble. Only two sins at a time are permitted.

5 Comments:

At 11:56 PM, Blogger John said...

I'm looking forward to May. Perhaps I'm selfish in my desire to wake up in the morning and not reek of hell, but it goes further then that. When I stand next to you and have a drink, you don't have to worry about getting cirrhosis second hand...we both know that can't be said about tobacco.

 
At 11:56 PM, Blogger John said...

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At 9:56 AM, Blogger Craig Covey said...

John

I dont oppose the smoking ban for businesses and restaurants. I just
dont see why they decided to include outdoor areas. Not allowing people to smoke outside on patios seems punitive and not really a way to reduce exposure to employees.

 
At 1:11 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Don't understand the outdoor ban? Do you think the second hand smoke just magically disappears simply because you're outside?

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger Craig Covey said...

Michael:

Actually, yes, the outdoor smoke does dissipate or disappear. Do you think it hangs around? If it did, we would all die of carbon monoxide poisoning after the cars and buses pass by on Woodward. It's not magic. Since I usually walk or bike ride to restaurants and bars, I create a whole lot less air pollution than most.

 

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