Why a Smoking Ban?

Why a Smoking Ban?
November 28, 2005

Diane Bast

Diane Carol Bast is The Heartland Institute's executive editor and finance manager. As executive... (read full bio)

Dear Editor:

Victoria Adams' ("Dangers of smoke," Voice of the People, Chicago Tribune, Nov. 28) lengthy letter describing how asthmatics react to smoke leaves an important question unanswered: Why do asthmatics (or others who claim sensitivity to smoke) feel they have a right to eat in any and every restaurant they please?

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of completely smoke-free restaurants in Chicagoland. Why must EVERY restaurant be required to be smoke-free? Will we next require that no restaurants serve peanuts (to accommodate people with peanut allergies) or meat (to accommodate vegetarians) or alcohol (to accommodate teetotalers)?


Diane Carol Bast (dbast@heartland.org) is vice president of The Heartland Institute.

Diane Bast

Diane Carol Bast is The Heartland Institute's executive editor and finance manager. As executive... (read full bio)