Thursday, January 18, 2007
Smoking ban sought in Texas
A state senator plans to seek a smoking ban in the entire state of Texas that would include prohibiting firing up in restaurants, bars and workplaces. (link)
This will threaten one of the cornerstones of Texas mythology -- that of the smoky Texas roadhouse, where some o that downhome Americana roots C&W supposedly can be had in any small town.
So, Texas should be a big battleground in the fight over second-hand smoke, but not because of the aforementioned roadhouse myth, but simply cause it's a huge market where a lot of cigarettes are sold, and, of course, where people like to say they have certain inalienable rights -- even if it'll kill them and their nonsmoking fellows!
Texas just tacked on a $1 tax on a pack o' smokes, so addicts are still highly agitated over that. Hell, if I still smoked, I'd be PO'd too! But I quit, what?, 18, 19 days ago! Yippie!! I feel TERRRIFFFFICC!!!! So keep on smokin if'n you want, suckers, but a friendly word of advice -- give some serious consideration to givin' it all up. It's not as difficult as you may think.