smoke and mirrors / special effects / a little fear / a brand new bill

An alert Metroblogreader (there has to be a shorter term for that) today forwarded me a note from the American Lung Association, saying that Good ol’ Sonny is still making up his mind whether to sign or veto SB 90, otherwise known as the Statewide Smokefree Air Act. For those of you who feel passionately about this issue, your best bet is to write The Honorable Sonny Perdue, c/o the State Capitol, Atlanta GA 30334. Here’s the text of the bill.

In truth I was not the best person to send the forward to: admittedly, (1) I don’t smoke, (2) I don’t like the smell of smoke, and (3) I’m quite proud of my boyfriend, who quit last month, and my mother, who quit in 1990. All that having been said, the libertarian in me is a shade ambivalent about legislating smoking — which is still a legal activity if you’re over 18 — out of as many public places as possible. I’d rather rely on social stigma to do the trick. (It’s not just that smoking is confined to small areas at Hartsfield-Jackson; it’s also that the small smoking areas are so utterly uncomfortable and depressing.)

But while I’m not 100% in favor of the legislation at hand, I am 100% in favor of making readers happy. So if you have anything else you need us to bring up, shoot one of us an email or hit the comments.

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