There was a discussion on a comprehensive smoking ban. The primary arguments in favor are because of the health effects of 2nd hand smoke. I totally oppose this ban as it regulates private spaces. Businesses and other property owners should be allowed to choose whether or not to allow smoking on their premises.
Of course, I believe the city has the right to ban smoking on city run/managed areas. I also believe that the city should ban smoking in such areas.
It is unfortunate that so many forget the lessons of history. I would argue that the Alcohol ban of the 1930s and the war on drugs of the last few decades has had a decisively negative impact on society.
Is smoking good for you and those around you? No.
Are government imposed smoking bans good for you? No.
We must realize that there are broader societal effects when ever we choose to ban anything. In every case, black-markets are formed and the consequences to those black-markets are decidedly negative. Only considering the fact that smoking is bad for health is a tunnel vision approach to building a law.
This post was contributed by Councilman Michael Orgill, Goshen District 3