(I hope it's okay to put this in this folder.)
My city is voting on an indoor smoking ban today. (For the second time. Two years ago it was voted down.) There have been heated debates over the issue, as you might imagine. Those for it tout health benefits of a ban; those against say it's just the government trying to take away people's rights--including the rights of business owners to decide whether they allow smoking.
I voted for it. I think it's gross to go to restaurants and have smoke drifting everywhere. (Since smoke doesn't know it's supposed to stay in the smoking section. ) It is so awesome to go to cities that have already banned smoking! Maybe those places have gone through aches and pains trying to ban it, too, but it seems like it's been particularly heated here.
Is your city smoke-free? Are you glad? Do you think it's a violation of rights? Any comments?