Monday, August 15, 2005

Smoking bans run amok

Lest you be blinded by novels like The Third Revolution into thinking that only the Feds are oppressive bastards, Gene Healy alerts us to a new smoking ban in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Smoking within 25 feet of the door of a publicly used building, a park, or in other public spaces can now cost you $500 or a year in prison.

Sound harsh? Baton Rouge Councilwoman Lorri Burgess doesn’t think so. “The issue today is clean air,” she says, and the ban “sends a strong message.” No kidding. Smoke a Marlboro, go to the slammer.

Writes Healy: “A year in prison. For smoking a goddamned cigarette. Mencken said that every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. Reading stuff like this can make you feel completely normal.”
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At 1:13 PM, Blogger Charles Hueter said...

Last May, "the people" voted 52% for a new Austin smoking ban to be imposed September 1st. The penalty for breaking the ordinance is "a fine not to exceed $2,000" and the City Manager may "suspend or revoke a permit or license issued to the operator of a public place or workplace where a violation of this chapter occurs."

The health nazis, as you've implied, are not all located in Washington, D.C.

At 2:23 AM, Anonymous carpet cleaning milwaukee said...

The rationale for smoke-free laws is based on the fact that smoking is optional and breathing is not.

At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Treating Heel Pain said...

I think that smoking must be really banned.


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