Smokey no more

Looks like Mayor White is looking after Houston’s lungs these days. The Houston Chronicle reports a proposed restaurant smoking ban to be enacted over the next two years.

Although I am certainly no stranger to the cancer stick industry, I rather like the idea. I personally hate taking kids/grandparents out to eat only to have them engulfed in a haze of nicotine, just because we’re seated too close to the smoking section.

Bars are a different story to me though (I certainly don’t take children or the elderly to those..). What are your thoughts?

3 Comments so far

  1. laanba (unregistered) on October 9th, 2004 @ 12:30 pm

    I am a non-smoker so I definitely like the idea. I think it is a good compromise. When I went to visit a friend in Round Rock it was very strange not to be asked “Smoking or Non-Smoking’. I guess if this goes through it will be like that here too.

  2. Jacques (unregistered) on October 11th, 2004 @ 4:26 am

    Well, I just quit a couple of days ago, so it looks like I did this just in time. On the other hand, I don’t mind smoking sections in restaurants whatsoever. Even when I am a non-smoker, I allow people to smoke in my house or car or whatever. Maybe it’s a cultural thing, because I have family members (in France) who have never smoked but have always allowed smoking in their homes. My American family members, however, don’t share quite the same philosophy.

  3. sputnik (unregistered) on October 12th, 2004 @ 8:57 am

    I’m a non-smoker, non-child, non-elderly, and I know I would enjoy a smoke free environment even at a bar. Intentionally breathing smoke/chemicals into your lungs is a choice, and if I chose to do it, I would go outside out of respect for those who don’t. There’s that old cliche, “My right to swing my fist ends where your face begins.” I think the same should apply to smoking and your neighbor’s lungs.

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