In a unanimous ruling the N.C. Court of Appeals upheld a smoking ban at four Greenville nightclubs. The decision overturned an earlier ruling by District Court Judge Galen Braddy that ruled it was unconstitutional to allow smoking at non-profit establishments while banning it at the for-profits. Chapel Hill attorney Adam Stein, who represented the Pitt County Health Department pro-bono, said, “smoking in bars and restaurants is illegal and continues to be illegal. And I think that’s good for the health of the people of North Carolina.”
He’s right. Nobody in their right mind could question the toxicity of cigarette smoke, including second-hand smoke. As a non-smoker I always detested the stench of smoke while eating in a restaurant. Despite my repulsion I cannot bring myself to support the smoking ban. Am I the only person who has grave concerns about the ever increasing power of the government?
As repulsive as I find second-hand cigarette smoke I am more repulsed by the degree of power the state has over private businesses.
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