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Virginia snuffs out freedom

When, in the wilds of what became Virginia, the first English settlers met Pocahontas and other natives, they were welcomed with tobacco. Today they would have told to put it out.

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine signed a restaurant smoking ban this week, following New York, California and other Democrat-dominated states. The law bars smoking in all restaurants, unless the eatery has a separate room with a government-approved ventilation system.

We have a hard time seeing why this legislation was needed. Before the ban, more than eight of ten restaurants in Virginia were voluntarily non-smoking. Restaurateurs, whose investment is at stake on matters concerning their staffs and customers, seemed to be balancing the needs of smokers and non-smokers well.

Of course, there is always the health argument. Gov. Kaine claims that some 400,000 people die each year from smoking but, while smoking causes illnesses and deaths, this estimate isn’t a serious one.

When a smoker dies the death is usually attributed to tobacco, no matter what other risk factors he had. Two can play that game. Give us a list of every one who has ever been on a bicycle and later died a natural death, and we can talk the epidemic of death associated with the dangerous sport of bicycling. We are not closing our eyes to the dangers of smoking, which are considerable, but we are asking for a little bit of statistical honesty.

Consider a restaurant owner facing competitive pressures to decide whether to allow his customers to smoke. It is one of thousands of small economic decisions he must make ranging from what food to serve to the kind of décor to offer.

Restaurants can go out of business quickly when they don’t get small things right. Indeed, states with smoking bans have usually seen a 30 percent decline in restaurant sales in the first year of the ban. As the economy slides into recession, accelerating the decline in restaurant sales is not a good idea.

Nonsmokers may feel better off because of bans, but what they gain is less than what smokers lose. If the opposite were true, it wouldn’t be necessary to impose a ban.

Ultimately, the question is whether a free society allows adults to make their own choices. Should ice cream be banned? Surely it adds to obesity, causing some heart attacks. But some like the way ice cream tastes and are willing to take the risks. Equally, some might like the taste of fine Partagas or even a Marlboro.

As restaurant-related tax revenue drops, Gov. Kaine may regret limiting the ancient rights of Virginians.

Source: Washingtontimes

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1 comment to Virginia snuffs out freedom

  • Trevor Proctor

    It amazes me as to the extent of which Governments go to ban smoking in public, yet, smirk with joy, when an approval is given by senate, to increase tobacco taxes, thus increasing the Govt coffers. Cigarette tax incomes, which they rely heavily on, to finance their own corrupt operations and wars!!!. More human beings have died in wars, than in the history of smoking deaths. It seems strange that we can stroll outside in a city, suck in tons of Factory waste, vehicle fumes,acid rain, waste fallout and many others, annually, whilst being told we may not smoke indoors.
    Alcohol, is responsible for far more deaths etc, than smoking, annually. Would it not be nice, whilst all the dumb politicians find more topics or products to tax and lay rules upon, to suddenly panic, when, some fool employee of theirs, pushes the button by mistake and sets off a nuclear war, which they have financed and built up with taxed product funds?

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