A Ban Worth Drinking To

For the first time ever, reason.tv is cheering their “Nanny of the Month.”

That’s right, starting September 1 , more than 500 Michigan restaurant and bar owners will begin turning state lawmakers away from their establishments. State Senator So-and-so wants a brew? Too bad. Politicians won’t be served until they revisit the state’s 2010 smoking ban, which, owners say, has devastated business, and left bars like Sporty O’Tooles on the verge of collapse.

Okay, “nanny” is a bit of a misnomer in this case as these bar owners are reserving their freedom of/from association rights in their own establishments but good for them for standing up to these busybodies in the legislature. These are the kinds of bans I would love to see more of.

  • Peter

    I think the decline in their business has little to do with the smoking ban, and much more to do with the failing michigan economy.

    Personally, as a Michigan resident, I like the smoking ban.

  • Akston

    As a non-smoker, I enjoy the smoking ban in my state too. It’s great when tyranny works for my personal preferences.

    But of course when given the chance, I always have and always will vote against such government overreach.

    What peaceful people voluntarily choose to do and allow on their own property is none of my business.

  • http://www.vacationrentalnet.com/ Smithy

    I think the smoking ban is an act against free choice of people. If affecting non-smokers is the problem, the law should target it by enforcing better ventilation systems!