The D.C. City Council is holding a debate tonight surrounding a smoking ban for restaurants and bars [see Post, DCist]. It’s easy for me to not take a side at all. I actively avoid going into the District because it drives me crazy, and the people all kinda’ suck to a certain extent. So, I say: Go ahead, ban smoking in D.C.!
Even in an old tobacco state like here in Virginia, there are plenty of places that have a self-imposed ban on smoking. The State Theater in Falls Church and Clarendon Ballroom come to mind immediately. If you want to smoke, guess what? You go outside… either on the roof our out the front doors. You can get back in, I promise.
I’m a smoker, duh. But, if you want badly enough to go see a show or spend time with people at one of these places, you’ll do it anyway… despite their non-smoking policies. So what’s the big fuckin’ deal?
1) I choose to go to the non-smoking place, it’s my choice… versus 2) that freedom of choice is taken away from me, and I am forced to comply with a decision that someone else made. Boo-fucking-hoo, you do that every day anyway. Smokers can be such whiny little babies sometimes… and inconsiderate, too.
In my opinion, it’s the bar and restaurant owners in the District who should be pissed off about the possible ban (provided they’d want to keep smoking legal in their own building)… not the crybabies.