We have written about smoking bans
quite a bit lately, and now find ourselves reluctantly posting yet another article on this topic. On June 27, 2006, the U.S. Surgeon General
issued a new report about the dangers of second hand smoke to nonsmokers. The decision whether to smoke (or not) is a personal freedom for smokers, but the harmful effects of second hand smoke to nonsmokers is a public health hazard. We agree that public smoking bans are necessary, to some degree. The big question is how restrictive they should be.
Should smoking indoors in all public places be banned, without exception, including tobacco shops and cigar bars? Should smoking outdoors be banned? How restrictive do smoking bans have to be in order to protect the health of nonsmokers without infringing upon the basic constitutional rights of smokers? Cast your vote in our opinion poll
, and/or post your comments, below.