Today’s a great day for South Dakota.
Because the state’s smoking ban extends to almost all remaining indoor businesses, employees in bars, restaurants and casinos will be able to breathe fresh air.
Those businesses previously had been exempted from the smoking ban, leaving their workers – and many customers as well – repeatedly exposed to secondhand smoke in the process.
But as of today, the state’s smoking ban now exempts only tobacco shops, hotel rooms designated as smoking rooms and existing cigar bars.
Let be preface this by saying smoking is bad and second hand smoke is not much better, however, there is more here at stake than just health.
I have heard several different thoughts on this matter, all of them are somewhat interesting.
?Businesses always wanted to go smoke free, but didn?t have the guts, now they can blame the government for forcing them to go smoke-free?
Every business owner had the right to go smoke-free at any time. Post a few signs, inform the staff, and maybe remind a few customers, and voila, the business is now smoke-free. Most people will respect the owner?s decision, it is after all his business.
?The companies that make and sell stop smoking aids are behind the whole thing. They gave money to the American Cancer Society, who then lobbied the legislature to pass the law, then the public to pass it this past November 2nd?
All of the stop smoking aids, the patch, the pill, the inhaler, etc. won?t work, unless the person has true desire to smoking. Those that do smoke, will find find a way, and some business are already trying to find ways to accommodate their smoking patrons.
The do-gooder organizations have some fairly smart folks within their ranks, they only had to lobby one organization (the legislature) to do their bidding, rather than go to each business and convince the owners. Of course, in their television ads, they used the ultimate prop, kids. ?Do it for the children.? A tip of the hat to American Cancer Society, well played.
?This is cracking the door open for the government to tell you what you can and can?t do in your home.?
Part of this law redefines public accommodation as public property. Granted, for now it is just for purpose of enforcing this law, they very fact that private businesses is now being designated as public property is a very dangerous move by any government. Combine this with some of the aspects of Obamacare, this could indeed become our new reality.
It is a great day, for those that believe in the government.
It is a bad day, for those that believe in freedom.