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    "You know what the worst thing I've discovered ever since I quit smoking?

    It is so. fucking. boring. Everything is god. damn. boring.

    This wouldn't have bothered me before I picked up the nail, but once I've witnessed the fun world of smoking, coming back into sobriety blows.

    It is so miserably boring."

    Benny, I'm the exact opposite. Smoking is one of the few vices I have acquired and not for want of trying.

    It's not the cost, its not the health risks, it's not even the coughing fits - for me tobacco is just the dullest drug going.
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    A smoking ban was passed in Minnesota last fall, so imagine my surprise when I found a sign outside the bar my friend's band was playing at that said "tonight's performance features smoking." I was told inside that I could pay $1 in dues to the bar's fictitious acting guild and would get a button that would allow me to smoke inside. Evidently there is a loophole in the law that allows for smoking during theatrical performances and anyone who paid dues was considered a performer.

    And my friend that works security there said business had nearly doubled since they began allowing smoking again.
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      CommentAuthorCyman
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2008
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    dkostis, All I'd say is that most owners are more responsive to the market anyway, and because of a few smoking bans coming up in some places, other places are realizing that they could possibly make more money by banning it; themselves as the owners implementing the bans, not the laws. When there is a law banning anything at all I tend to think my freedoms are being violated, but I still have the freedom to disobey that law. It just depends how you look at it I guess. I'd like to be free to go eat a meal in a restaurant without inhaling a second-hand pack (sometimes it's nice), and I'm not sure how else to control that kind of situation but to ban it in certain places. If smoking is allowed everywhere, I would argue that non-smokers aren't free to not smoke, But if we don't allow smokers in some places, then that's a restriction on them. That's what I meant.

    But surely the non-smokers shouldn't be so whiny. More smoke in the air kills more whiny bitches, and the future is then made better. Smokers-1 Rest of the world- 0.
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      CommentAuthorReverendJoe
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2008 edited
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    It looks like the ban on smoking in a car with a minor present is going to be implemented statewide here in Maine. Bangor's ban includes anyone under 18, but the state is looking at 16 or under. In related news, Maine just passed a law that bans the sale of novelty lighters.
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      CommentAuthorCDoring
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2008
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    New York was one of the first states to pass a total ban(I believe there's a ban in Casinos here too now.)
    I worked in the bar/restaurant business in the Albany area right on through the ban, and I'm a heavy smoker to boot. There was an initial drop off of business, and it certainly hurt some smaller places, but things seemed to bounce back after a few months.

    Now it's become status quo, everyone I know is used to it. Most of the smokers I know at this point are the hardcores. We don't give a fuck how cold it is, we'll be outside. I traveled to North Carolina last year, and it was weird sitting down in a diner with an ashtray on the table, right there next to the hot sauce. And I couldn't even enjoy it, because I was with my wife, who quit 5 years ago and became a Smoke Nazi. I'm confined to the kitchen in my own home.

    Last year they banned all smoking on the grounds of Hospitals or other medical facilities. You actually have to leave the property altogether, or get harassed by security.

    -CD

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