March 16, 2007

Casino Smoking Ban Extinguished

**Update--casino smoking ban "snuffed"

Almost--the push for a statewide ban on smoking in all public places still appears to have legs, but exceptions like the casino exemption have strong economic/market factors that provide the necessary legislative resistance to possibly prevent their passage.

What has never made any sense is the totalitarian aspect of smoking bans, given the more dangerous and immediate impact that drinking presents. Alcohol should be and is legally available and is also rightly illegal within the context of driving. Most casino aficionados probably fear an accident in the canyon caused by poor driving conditions or the frequently inebriated drivers, not a puff here and there of second-hand smoke. It's not like it's a shocker that people, God forbid, smoke while drinking and gambling. That's just beyond the pale.


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