: As you may be aware, Montgomery County
: recently generated a lot of controversy by
: instituting a ban on smoking in all
: restaurants and bars, (although there really
: aren't any bars in Montgomery County since
: by law 50% of their business has to be
: food...but I digress).
: The purpose of this new law is purported to
: be to combat the effects of second hand
: smoke. However, one side effect has been
: that a number of businesses have had to curb
: their budget for entertainment due to the
: decline in revenue, or in some cases close
: The State of Maryland as well as the
: District of Columbia are now considering
: legislation that would ban smoking in all
: establishments statewide.
: Smokers vs non-smokers. It's an interesting
: issue. Or, is the issue more one of
: government vs "the people"? Is
: this really as big an issue for non-smokers
: as we are given to believe? Let's find out.
: We've tried to provide as many varied
: opinions as possible (we're only allowed 10)
: for you to vote on. Your name is NOT
: recorded in the poll...everyone is kept
: strictly confidential...even from us.
: We'd also like to see some replies posted
: with your additional thoughts on this
: subject, beyond the scope of the poll. How
: do you feel about it? Is it worth risking
: your favorite establishments stopping
: entertainment, or going out of business, to
: protect your health and not smell like a
: smokestack when you get home? Are the
: dangers of second hand smoke as real as they
: are purported to be?
: We'll soon see...
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