Neal Asher has a few things to say about smoking bans, among other things.
I have always been 100 percent anti-smoking. I have had no sympathy for smokers who complain about not being allowed to smoke wherever they please. You choose to smoke; the rest of us do not choose to smell it. I have been happy about every new restriction on smoking. But when they started banning smoking in bars it was like something just snapped. I don’t go to bars at all. My only experience of them is from the movies but the idea of a smoke-free bar seems to me, against nature. And it just seems to me that this is something that the free market could take care of. If enough people want smoke-free bars there will be entrepreneurs who will open smoke-free bars. Smoke free bars for those who want them and old-fashioned smokey bars for people who want those. Isn’t that the way it should be?
I don’t like smoking but, you know… people do a lot of things in public that I don’t like. I don’t like people running around in public with their underwear showing. (I’m talking to you too, you gals with your bra straps showing.) I don’t like hearing people use profanity excessively. I don’t like it when people have phone conversations in public about private matters. I don’t like it when people in the grocery store leave their shopping carts sitting diagonally across the aisle. I don’t like when perfectly healthy people walk too slowly in shopping malls. Why don’t we pass laws against all these things too? But where does it stop? Gracefully putting up with things we don’t like is one of the marks of being an adult.
It’s likely someone is thinking, “But second hand smoke is a health issue.” Maybe it is. Some people consider that research questionable. But, regardless, in the case of bars it should be the choice of the bar owner. Smoking bans and smoking sections in some buildings are reasonable. Smoking bans in bars are not. Children are not allowed in bars. No one is forced to go to bars. If you don’t like smokey bars stay out of them. It’s that simple.
I don’t understand why there is not more of an uproar about this. Why are governments allowed to go against the wants and needs of the majority for the sake of a relative few protesters?