Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Smoke Free DC?



Is DC ready for a smoking ban?

According to the Washington Post, it seems that we are one step closer to banning smoking in DC bars and restaurants. Aside from personal rights and restricitions of smokers, most opponents of the ban have cited economical reprecussions - but studies in New York City and other areas that have the smoking ban have not reported a loss of economic profit. Many people feel that this is just another way for the government to "babysit" people (i.e. forcing seatbelt wearing)...but is it really? Is it more of a health concern or just another way for the government to impose laws?

I personally don't mind either way. It is kind of nice to come home and not smell like smoke (if you're not a smoker), but then again I don't mind it when people smoke around me (as I have been known to smoke a few things here and there haha).

The question remains - what do the people in DC think about this? Feel free to comment on the pros and cons of this possible ban as it comes up to vote.

13 Comments:

At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It might make me quit which could be good in the long run but as for now I only see it as being a hassle when I am really craving one.

 
At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's happening more and more it seems in more cities. Boston has a no smoking policy and there weren't any problems that I saw. Bars were packed. If you really wanted to smoke you could step outside for a few minutes. I see it as health concerns for non smokers.

 
At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's going to happen sooner or later in DC. Give it a few years and we will catch onto the trend, esp. because smoking is becoming more and more taboo.

 
At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon: "Taboo" - that is a very strong word to use and how can you say that when cig. stable. also what do you mean "give it a few years and we will catch onto the trend". Are you totally out of the loop this debate is going on right now and could take place sooner than a couple of years.

 
At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

** cig. sales are stable.

.. sorry forgot a word.. makes more sense now

 
At 7:03 PM, Blogger A Unique Alias said...

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At 7:04 PM, Blogger A Unique Alias said...

Wow. Five anonymii.

"[S]tudies in New York City and other areas that have the smoking ban have not reported a loss of economic profit"

I wonder who comissioned those studies. From what I understand of Montgomery County, several establishments have closed due to economic hardship directly related to the ban. I believe that, in terms of the young bar-going population as well as the relatively hard-hitting regular alcoholic population, smokers are the majority. It seems like an insane imposition to thwart the majority population for the "health" of the minority population whom are swilling booze.

Then, I smoke, so I'm biased. Take it with a grain of salt.

 
At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you will find some smaller bars that do fail to make it due to a smoking ban. But the larger bars will do just fine. I've got a number of friends that would go out to certain bars more often if only they weren't so smoky. With a ban, the bar may lose some smokers but I think they'll gain some non-smokers. I feel it will balance out over the long haul.

 
At 12:43 PM, Blogger AMS said...

We've had the smoking ban in Ireland for over a year now and the Vintners Federation are complaining big time about loss of profits.

However I know its not an issue for me or any of my friends and its great not having stinky hair or clothes when you come home from a night out. Plus you get chatting to ppl when you are out having a ciggie so its all good unless it rains!

 
At 11:32 PM, Blogger dpnation.net said...

I was up in NYC for a weekend and it was AMAZING not having smoking in the bars. It really sucks coming home smelling and feeling like an ashtray, not to mention the fact that studies have shown that the amount of secondhand smoke a person on average inhales in one evening of going out is equivalent of about two packs! I'm largely in favor of this happening (at least in bars and communal areas) just because if I make the conscious decision not to smoke, then I shouldn't have to deal with the implications. Maybe they can have smoking specific rooms, like at airports..

 
At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norway (that little oildripping,rich, socialdemocratic country in Europe) got this smoking ban a year ago. Many businesses closed down, but we're happy anyway. We have to go out in a snowstorm to smoke, and you guys should manage to do so to :)

 
At 2:04 AM, Anonymous Grand Theft Ice Cream said...

I'm seeing far too much of you non-smokers being exceptionally selfish here. You seem to only care about your wants. Preserviing each other's civil liberties, means making acommodations for your fellow countryman. You folks have no regard of who loses business, who has to be displaced, and throughout all of it, is bade out to be a bad person who should feel shame for smoking in public.

Were personal decision making and smoking sections too much for you babies?

- Grand Theft Ice Cream

 
At 2:06 AM, Anonymous Grand Theft Ice Cream said...

*made out to be

 

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