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Today, Tuesday December 1st is the day that smoking in taverns in Virginia is finally banned. Maryland and D.C. have already had these bans but Virginia has now joined them. There has been a lot of controversy over this subject of whether or not it should be a government decision of to let the bars be the ones to decide. I think it is the governments job to enforce whether or not bars should allow smoking. Many tests and studies have shown the terrible effects of second-hand smoking and people shouldn’t be forced to deal with that when going to a bar. If the bars were allowed to decide whether or not smoking was okay then they could also decide what age to drink or other laws that they don’t have control over. This is why we have the government, to help the people, which means helping them not get sceond-hand smoke

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  1. safraser46
    December 2, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I agree that the government should have the power to decide where smoking should and should not be band. If a bars were able to choose if smoking should be allowed in there bars there would be much controversy. Bars who would choose not to allow smoking in the bars have a good possibility of losing there customers to other establishments who allow smoking. I think the the government should ban smoking in public places. I understand the power of addiction, but why make others suffer from secondhand smoke?

  2. courtnei86
    December 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Smocking and second hand smoke does have harmful effect but people who choose to smoke are accepting those effects on their own body. I agree that people who do not smoke should not have to endure the effect of second hand somke. So maybe there can be some kind of compromize that can be made. For example dont ban smoking completely but maybe have a designated smoking area seperate from the nonsomking area. That way everyone is happy.

  3. yulianap
    December 4, 2009 at 2:22 am

    I do support the government decision to ban the smoking and my main argument is the secondhand smoking. It is really harmful and does not respect the choice of non-smokers. In addition, it is even better for smokers who don’t recognize the destructive effect of smoking.

  4. pjeffenb
    December 6, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I feel that the goverment should ban smoking…is it really that hard for smokers to go outside and smoke a cigerette. I care about my health so i choose not to smoke. My health should not be at risk because someone does not want to go outside and smoke.

  5. abendym
    December 6, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I agree, I think it should be the governments decision to ban smoking indoors. I am from Maryland and it is great being able to go out or go to dinner and be able to enjoy your evening smoke free. People want to go out and have a good time and some prefer that without smoke in their faces. Whats the big deal of walking outside to enjoy your cigarette, not everyone enjoys smoke in their faces.

  6. mlhanaga
    December 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I think that the government should be able to ban smoking in all public places indoors. I also think that bars will not suffer because if the government bans smoking from all bars, smokers will still enjoy going to any bar, but will have to just go outside to smoke. Banning smoking can lead to a healthier environment for everyone.

  7. cwmoore11
    December 8, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    This smoking band agreement is the stupidest thing I have ever heard of. It is even happening here in our own back yard. Making it illegal for people to smoke in public places is a violation of rights. You can not tell someone they can not drink in a public restaurant, so why tell them that they can not smoke in a public restaurant. The states that are doing this are hurting their tax income because less people are going to go out to public restaurants were this law is enforced. Ask anyone who owns a bar in Surfside if their business has been hurt by this same law and they will all say yes. I do believe that anyone has the right to smoke where they choose within reason. And I am not a smoker.

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