I can't find a single thing to disagree with the honourable Vivian J. Paige with in discussing her opposition to a general ban on smoking here in the Commonwealth:
Government is not always the answer, folks. Business people who are afraid of being the first one on the block to go smoke-free have no guts. If you believe it is the best thing for your customers and staff, then do it. Grow a pair and stop relying on government to help you out.
My opposition to a ban on indoor smoking is twofold:
First and foremost, it goes against the very history
of our existence. The Commonwealth of Virginia has a long history with tobacco. It alone is the crop that allowed us to survive
during the time in which we were subject to the strict Mercantilist system
under which we and the rest of the British Empire were subject at the time. In fact, from the beginning of our Dominion up until around the mid-1700's, tobacco was the
currency in which all transactions here in the Commonwealth were transacted in! Of course, it also continues to be something we can be proud of to this day, thanks to the presence of the Altria Group
. After all, Altria is much more than just Phillip Morris
Secondly, I believe it is wrong for the Government of our Commonwealth to dictate to private businesses in which manner they may operate. There is nothing
, as Vivian so eloquently points out, that prevents these businesses from going smoke-free on their own accord
. The insistence that Richmond "do something" about indoor smoking is, in itself, a deceitful smoke screen which intends to shift the blame for their inaction upon our Delegates, who are already
working on doing the best job they
can do in representing our
interests. Besides which, the centralization of decision-making goes against the very fibre
of our inherent tendency towards individualism.
Of course, I could never even begin to explain things as succinctly as Vivian does, so be sure to hop on over to her site
and discover more good reasons why a smoking ban is bad news.