Not smokin' for long

Smoke ‘em if you got em, bum ‘em if you don’t, because if you’re a smoker, you don’t have much time left to light up in indoor public places.

Imagine walking into your favorite local restaurant, taking a deep breath and smelling .. only food.

Come July 1, that clean air will be no accident. It will be the result of the Idaho Clean Indoor Air Act, passed earlier this year by the state Legislature.

The new law will affect more than just eateries, however.

Other public places – such as office buildings, retail stores, hospitals, schools, concert halls and indoor sports arenas – are scrambling to comply with the act, which basically states public buildings must be smoke-free.

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Under the new law’s provisions, businesses have the option of going smokeless or restricting their clientele to people 21 or older.

The way the new law is written, a business can either go totally smokeless, or allow in only those 21-years and older. There is an exception, where you can still permit both smokers and those under 21 in your establishment, but it means building completely separate sections for the smokers and non-smokers, including separate outside entrances. Yeesh.

I’m a little conflicted on this. I grew up around smokers, and though I never got hooked on demon nicotine, I do enjoy on occasion lighting up a good cigar (and I am not talking about one of those crappy, machine-made, newsprint-wrapped dog rockets).

But the fact is, if you’re not a smoker, it just plain stinks to have to put up with it. Kids certainly shouldn’t be around tobacco smoke, and a heck of a lot of people are allergic to it. I believe the majority of smokers understand this — most of the ones I know are usually in one stage or another of trying to quit.

So, although I don’t like telling adults they can’t enjoy their legal vices, and I really hate encouraging pious blue-noses in passing these types of laws (they pull enough crap like this in Idaho as it is), I’ll live with it.

Hmmm, checking my humidor, looks like I’ve got an Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva that’s been marinating for a while — just the thing to help celebrate freedom this coming Fourth of July.

Outside, of course.

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I'm thrilled. I can't stand b

I'm thrilled. I can't stand being around smoke, especially when I'm eating.

Sharon (forgot to log in)