As reported in this week's Island Gazette, our NC legislators have passed a bill prohibiting smoking in all NC bars and restaurants effective January 2, 2010. Now I'm sure there are some who are bemoaning this bill, but I am not one of them.
I've always considered allowing people to smoke in restaurants in the same vein as allowing people to smoke on airplanes. You had about 8-10 rows that allowed smoking and then started the non-smoking rows. So there was always a few poor fellows who got got stuck in the 'magic-barrier' row where the guy 2 1/2 feet behind them was just puffing away. Bottom-line, it's tough to contain smoke. It goes where it goes.
I'm not one of those people who is overly concerned about the health ramifications of second hand smoke. This is primarily because I don't spend that much time in smokey environments and I know from experience that I've probably sucked in more harmful chemicals while driving in city traffic. My primary complaint is that cigarette smoke is stinky, I mean like stinky, stinky. Have you ever stopped by a bar to have a quick drink with friends only to find that you have to go home to take a shower and change clothes because after spending only a few minutes in the place, your entire self stinks? It's annoying.
So as a former smoker myself (I quit over ten years ago), I applaud this law and look forward to going out without having to worry about getting hit with stink bombs. Now, if we can just get something done about smokers who use our public beaches as ashtrays. That really bugs me!!
And now, for the lighter side of smoking: