My opinion on the smoking ban is this: I don't understand why they are picking the smokers out the crowd. Drunk drivers cause a lot more deaths each year than a smoker could ever do, yet you don't see them getting stronger jail time when they kill someone with their car. A slap on the wrist, don't do it again and be on your way with our blessings.
As far as the health issue regarding the opinion section in the Sunday paper, the last time I checked the state was not responsible for my or anyone's health. If they were there would be health insurance for all like in Europe or Canada. I alone am responsible for my health.
It seems to me that our rights are slowly, very slowly, being taken away and soon they will come after the nonsmokers too. Don't think they won't. When we stop fighting back they just walk over us.
For the bar owners there is a way around this. If you choose, make your place a private club and let everyone know they need to pay a buck extra to join your private club. Let the nonsmokers find somewhere else to drink. Hmmmm, like home?
To all the smokers out there, you know these powers that be were voted into office and they can be voted out of it just as easily. Make the mighty pencil or pen work: vote. Make yourselves heard because when you don't you lose.