Smoking ban takes effect tomorrow

The City of Madison’s smoking ban ordinance becomes effective tomorrow. This means that those of us that don’t smoke and want to enjoy a show or a beer can do so without smelling like an ashtray when we leave. But this also means that businesses that typically cater to regular smokers will suffer. I always believed that this should be the business owners’ decisions, and that we as citizens should decide whether or not we want to patronize those places that placate smokers. There is still a chance that the Wisconsin Legislature will pass a bill that nullifies local ordinances, yet Governor Doyle has vowed to veto the bill. Although I don’t like the idea of cities imposing smoking bans on their local businesses, I am also against state laws taking certain local controls from municipalities.