Monday, August 15, 2005

Anti-smoking in Baton Rouge

In Baton Rouge, the city council passed an ordinance prohibiting anyone from lighting up a cigarette within 25 feet of an open door of any public building. There are exemptions for restaurants, bars, and casinos, et al. The penalty for this is up to $500 and a year in jail.

Normally, I'd write the council my standard "Get a grip, folks" speech. However, the article goes on to say that no smokers showed up to speak against the measure. The council still needs to get a grip, but why didn't any smokers show up to counter this idiotic measure? Hell, I'm a non smoker and I'd have shown up.

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