The Wilmington Star-News reminds us this morning of something that common sense made clear years ago – namely that the silly, Chicken Little complaints from the right wing about North Carolina’s ban on smoking in restaurants and bars a couple years back were just that. To quote the Star-News:
“Fear is a powerful force, but it often is exercised prematurely and, in hindsight, without justification. That was certainly true in the case of North Carolina’s hard-fought ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and other public buildings.
When the state that King Tobacco once ruled went smoke-free four years ago, there was a predictable if understandable outcry from some bar and restaurant owners, who worried that business would plummet if people couldn’t smoke inside. It didn’t happen, much in keeping with the experiences of other states that have implemented public smoking bans.
People still eat out. They still go to bars. And maybe even in some cases, these establishments have attracted new patrons because smoking is not allowed.”
To make things even better, the smoking ban has had a wonderfully beneficial impact on health and (thereby, the freedom of the huge number of North Carolinians whose access to public accommodations had been restricted by poisonous air):
“According to a DHHS study, air quality is 89 percent better than before the smoking ban – a considerable improvement. That means these places are healthier for the general public, and especially for patrons and employees who suffer from respiratory problems or other conditions aggravated by secondhand smoke.”
Read the entire editorial by clicking here.