Finally some good news for a change. Four states are considering rolling back tax increases on tobacco they are: New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon and Rhode Island.
In Minnesota, a bill has been introduced to amend the current statewide smoking restriction law to allow smoking in certain hospitality establishments. In a restaurant with an attached bar, smoking would be allowed in the bar portion only–provided that there is a floor-to-ceiling wall separating the restaurant and the bar. Smoking would also be allowed in stand-alone bars and taverns. All of these establishments would be required to install ventilation units between June 1, 2012, and June 1, 2017–depending on the level of alcoholic beverage sales volumes.
Sanity is beginning to return in state legislators, and it is about time! You can lie to the people some of the time but you can’t lie to the people all the time. Smoking bans do hurt business and you can’t rely on anti-tobacco prohibitionist to tell the truth.