Outdoor Smoking BansPosted by on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
Somehow, I think that this article only got one side of the story (emphasis added).
The Duluth city council will soon be voting on a proposed ordinance that would ban smokers from lighting up outside along its popular waterfront and parks.
The idea is gaining support from smokers and non-smokers alike.
Right. Most smokers are like, “Since you have no good reason, I’ll just comply. That’s cool.”
Oh, and it also includes chewing tobacco, as if that’s normally a problem for second hand smoke and litter — two of the reasons cited for possibly banning smoking.
The ban is motivated not just for the benefit of tourists, but also the city’s budget. Its health care costs jumped by 15 percent.
Sorry. Call me naive, but I don’t understand how preventing people from smoking or chewing tobacco is going to save the city money in health care costs.
Even if they get 100% compliance, it’s not as if those few moments of not smoking are going to motivate a person to not smoke the rest of the day. And, it’s not as if those few vapors of smoke (in the open air — not in an enclosed restaurant or anything) are going to cause devastating health problems for the individual who happened to be walking in the smoke path.
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