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April 26, 2018

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Smoking Bans
Last Featured: 8/4/2003

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New York is the latest to join the growing list of cities and states to ban smoking in public places. Shunned in restaurants, bars, and public parks, smokers are increasingly confined to their own private residences. Public health advocates maintain that the bans ensure health standards for the majority of Americans who do not smoke. Detractors argue that these laws discriminate against smokers – almost 1 in 4 Americans -- and all but criminalize them for engaging in a legal activity. Wary restaurant and bar owners also question the impact of these laws on their businesses. Do the bans turn smokers into second-class citizens or simply rid the nation of second-hand smoke?

Jacob Sullum is senior editor at Reason, a libertarian magazine and a syndicated columnist who’s weekly column, distributed by Creators Syndicate is carried by newspapers across the country including the New York Post, The Washington Times, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He is the author of the best-selling book, For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health. His book Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use is scheduled to be published in May by Tarcher/Putnam. A fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, Sullum won the Keystone Press Award for investigative reporting in 1988, and in 1991 he received First Prize in the Felix Morley Memorial Journalism Competition.

Joseph Cherner is the President of SmokeFree Educational Services, Inc. and Founder of BREATHE (Bar and Restaurant Employees Advocating Together for a Healthy Environment). Formerly a bond trader at Kidder Peabody, Cherner gave up a lucrative career 15 years ago to fight the tobacco cartel for free. He was the expert financial witness in the Engle Class Action suit which resulted in the largest jury verdict in history ($147 billion, currently on appeal). He has won many awards for his anti-smoking advocacy, including most recently, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Annual Award for Excellence.

Closing Quote
"I have every sympathy with the American who was so horrified by what he read about the effects of smoking that he gave up reading."

— Henry Strauss

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