This Huntsville Times article informs us that a statewide smoking ban is inevitable. Senator Figures is at it again. She has tried on 11 other occasions to pass this thing but to no avail. But, it’s coming, says John Ehinger. You can count on it. You can also count on businesses going out of business. You can count on anti-tobacco "activists" blanketing the airwaves with hosannas to the crowds, actually non-existent, who supplant the smokers who no longer dine and drink in their local restaurants and bars. You can most assuredly count on a blizzard of junk studies touting the reduction of heart attacks in just the first few months of the ban. You can, therefore, count on another breach of civility, morals and liberty.
Crack. Fizz. Gulp. Ahhhhhh. Is there a drinking experience more classically Australian than ripping the ring-pull off a beer? "The visceral pleasure from that first crack of a beer can is identical to popping a champagne cork," says wine and drinks writer Mike Bennie. "There's also huge appeal in the tinnie's nostalgia factor."