I guess we are joining the rest of the crowd with a ban on smoking in most public places like restaurants and bars. It's not quite as restrictive as many States as it exempts bars with net sales of food of less than 20% and a few others sucha as 25% of casino floor space.
My argument has always been that this decision should be left to the business owner, there is no law preventing the owner of an establishment from making it completely smoke free. The non-smoker has the choice of not entering such a place and taking his/her business elsewhere. This is IMO the fairest system we can have, everyone has a choice.
In their infinite wisdom our legislators have decided that being able to make a choice is not in the best of interests of everyone, that's the way I see it.
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
Gov. Ed Rendell (D) Friday signed a long-anticipated ban on smoking in restaurants, most bars and nearly all other workplaces.
Philadelphia already has enacted a more comprehensive law which the statewide law would not water down. All other indoor commercial facilities in Pennsylvania are subject to the new ban, except taverns earning one-fifth of their revenue or less from food sales, senior care establishments, cigar bars and private clubs. Smoking can continue only in 25 percent of hotels' sleeping quarters and on 25 percent of casino floor space.
The measure does not apply to private residences, except for day-care facilities. It will go into effect 90 days after Mr. Rendell signed it.
What's interesting to note is the 9 dissenters in the Senate were all Republicans who voiced the same concerns as me.
Probably going to be a lot of local taverns curtailing their food sales to get under the 20%.... makes a lot of sense.