Since I got a good response regarding the last “controversial” issue, I figured I’d throw another one on the table. In the last few years, states like Delaware and New Jersey have banned smoking in restaurants and bars (New Jersey did a “fo-ban” in that they still allow smoking in casinos – hey they know where their bread is buttered). Pennsylvania is looking to get on this trend.
Now let me lay out my side on this for you. Personally, it wouldn’t bother me one way or the other. But, do we have to mandate a rule like this? Shouldn’t it be up to restaurant and bar owners? For instance, in Philly, there are quite a few restaurants and bars that do not permit smoking. They have a decent-sized customer base because of this (well, this is one of the main reasons – hopefully they serve good food and drink as well). If the state decided to ban smoking in bars and restaurants, wouldn’t this affect these owners negatively? They no longer have that “advantage” over other places.
I understand the second-hand smoke issue, I really do. But, if there are restaurants and bars that do not allow smoking, shouldn’t the people that are concerned about this go to those places? Wouldn’t this make more sense? Is there a way for bar and restaurant owners who would like to continue to allow smoking to keep their bars this way – say maybe paying for some sort of smoking license, ensuring that ventilation his better, or some alternative solution like that? I’m just asking.
I just hate it when government tries to add more and more rules. Sometimes, it gets overwhelming.