Smoking Ban

Alex, I agree with you 100 percent about the smoking ban in NYC. And not just on behalf of the smokers, but also on behalf of the bartenders who are having trouble paying their rent. The smoking ban was done in their name, to protect them from exaggerated health risks. And yet the woman I spoke to over Christmas break could barely afford Christmas presents for her kids, and she blamed the smoking ban for declining business. This is not to mention the business owners who no longer have the right to decide whether or not to allow smoking on their own property.

Sorry, I am bitter about this, too. It’s just ridiculous that New York City wastes its time worrying about things like “possession of ashtrays” when there are real problems to focus on.