<>< Josh Rule : : 2008 MCPP Intern
I attend university in Illinois, and the past couple of years, a new law (well, lots and lots of laws actually…) has gone into effect. It’s the ban on smoking in public facilities across the state of Illinois. Most of the individuals I have talked with really appreciate this law, because it makes the air in restaurants, hotels, and most other public venues that much cleaner. In fact, I am very appreciative of this law, because I simply don’t like cigarette smoke.
Yet, this law is in absolute defiance of the freedoms held by individuals and entrepreneurs throughout the state. Why, many of the smoke shops have had to shut down their smoking rooms! How is a quality cigar and pipe dealer supposed to do business? Well, I know the answer to this question… repeal the law. That is really the only way to restore people’s freedoms – get rid of the impediments. Yet, what can the private sector continue to do, especially individuals, to encourage public facilities to go smoke-free? Any ideas? Let me know in the comments.