Thursday, January 31, 2008

Why Legislature Should Leave Smoking Debate To The Marketplace

Or go with local control ...

The Des Moines Register just published a commentary I wrote on the smoking debate in Iowa.

If Iowans are still reading Mark Twain these days, they may remember one of the American humorist's more famous lines: "Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits." In the discussion of smoking in contemporary America, that seems to be the primary motivation of many.

If the Legislature does wade in to the issue then a local control bill is preferrable.

Clearly, cities with casinos and the tens of thousands of smoking patrons attendant with those businesses or the shot-and-beer towns in rural Iowa with blue-collar rhythms of life would have a different take on smoking than the effete Des Moines suburbs, communities in which Pottery Barn and Gap-shopping conformists opt for lattes and spinning classes over cigarettes to deal with the stresses of the day.

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