US Surgeon General Richard Carmona announced today that breathing any amount of second-hand smoke, no matter how small, is harmful to anyoneâ€™s health. It asserts that even separate smoking sections within the same building is not enough to protect people from the dangerous effects of second-hand smoke. This supports bans on prohibiting smoking in public places.
In the past, I opposed imposing a smoking ban on businesses, believing that it is up to citizens to decide whether or not they should patronize a place that allows smoking. But as Madisonâ€™s smoking ban approaches its first year since its enactment, I realize how much easier it is to eat and drink in places that are not smoky. When I visited Scotland earlier this month, looking for a smoke-free restaurant or tavern/pub was not an issue, because the government there passed a nation-wide smoking ban. So I now support a smoking ban.