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May. 2nd, 2007 12:01 pm Mixed emotions -- Illinois Smoking Ban

Yesterday, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill baning smoking in restaurants and bars statewide starting next January. I have two nearly 100% conflicting feelings on this.

First, and probably strongest, is the reaction of a person who finds tobacco smoke irritating in small quantities and sickening in large quantities. {At a Windycon sometime before 2000, I headed home on Saturday night thinking I was coming down with the flu after hours of breathing the smoke that drifted into the DucKon party}. I am very glad that this ban has passed, and that I now won't have to worry about which restaurants we visit. There are a couple of good ones near our house that I've been reluctant to go to since they cannot keep the smoke out of the no-smoking section. Now, I won't have that worry. Nor will I have to worry about the clouds of smoke that sometimes come from bar next to the karate school when I'm leaving a late class.

The other reaction is that of someone who doesn't like the government sticking their noses in individual's or businesses' choices. I really wish that we didn't have to ban smoking statewide, but I've never been able to figure out a solution that would allow businesses to continue to allow smoking without making them useless to people who cannot tolerate smoke.

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Date:May 2nd, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
Yep, I'm with you on that! I have a real serious problem being around smoking, but at the same time I tend to react badly to government regulation of private business. I'd rather see something along the line of requiring a hard-wall between smoking and non-smoking sections instead of an outright ban or just let me decide that I'd really rather eat an some other restaurant.

It doesn't hurt me in any way and really will probably make me more comfortable in Illinois restaurnts ... but I still feel uncomfortable about it. Odd, huh?