Thank You for Smoking
A Minneapolis condominium community has voted to self-impose a smoking ban throughout its building.
I’m fine with businesses and residences self-imposing smoking bans, but some might argue that this type of decision is still too restrictive: Shouldn’t a smoker be able to smoke in his own condo? Yes, and current smokers are grandfathered in. But new tenants will have to choose whether a smoking ban is appropriate for their living needs. This is exactly the kind of decision that bars should be allowed to make, as well.
The government doesn’t need to impose legislation outlawing smoking in private businesses. As the above article suggests, private businesses are perfectly capable of self-regulation to satisfy customer needs.