Apparently the smoking ban goes into effect today! As much as I love this idea I seriously doubt it will be enforced very well, especially given that there will only be two enforcement officers. I am especially skeptical of the rule that smoking is not permitted within 20 feet of a restaurant entrance. Unless they flood restaurant districts like Olde City and Rittenhouse with cops that’s not going to happen.

I hope everyone cooperates as nicely as possible and look forward to being able to go out and not reek of cancer when I get home.

7 Comments so far

  1. brady (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 12:35 pm

    I love it!
    I will enforce it personally!

  2. mike (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

    While I like the ban, I expect it to be as effective as the smoking ban in SEPTA. It is a rare occasion to be in the subway & not find someone smoking.

  3. CGI (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 3:54 pm

    Yes, I love it too. I can’t wait for the next law based on inconclusive scientific evidence to go into effect.

    There’s this crazy rumor that drinking alcohol results in, oh, a lot more deaths than secondhand smoke. Speaking of which, how many people is that again? Hmm?

    I’m a non-smoker and I don’t like coming home from bars stinking of smoke. But there are other ways of combatting this than going through the government. But it’s too late — the door is open for all kinds of crazy laws! Enjoy!

  4. jen (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    once again, i will point out that drinking alcohol does not affect the liver of the person next to you, or serving you. however, smoking a cigarette does irreparable damage to your own lungs and those of everyone around you.

    inconclusive? go to the national library of medicine site and take a look at the articles on smoking. How many of the clinical studies are inconclusive vs. conclusive?

    i’m curious; i have tried to find these inconclusive studies NOT sponsored by a tobacco company directly or indirectly. if anyone finds any please send me the PMID # or a reference so i can look it up.

  5. jen (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

    oh, and about septa. i’ve been taking the trolley, el and regional rail daily for about three years at all times of the day and night and have only seen/smelled someone smoking in a station maybe half a dozen times. maybe i’m just lucky?

  6. coeset (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 10:45 pm

    Ridiculous ban. I’m a non-smoker, but the last time I looked, smoking was still a legal activity. Where the hell does the government, or anyone else for that matter, get off telling private business people that they can’t permit a legal activity on the premises of their very own business?! Fine if the government wants to issue licenses in the same way that they regulate liquor, but come on! If you don’t want to be near smokers, don’t go into businesses where smoking is tolerated.

  7. Steph (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

    We’ve had a smoking ban out here in Seattle for about a year now, and I have to say that it’s nice to be able to go into a bar and not walk out smelling like a ciggarette. It’s also pretty nice not to have that temptation to smoke.

    Although, the weather out here in Seattle is a lot more temperate, so I feel for all you Philly smokers come the dead of winter/summer.

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