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Friday, February 24, 2006

Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

Hell's still hot, pigs won't fly, and you can still smoke in Virginia's restaurants.
Flirtations with smoking bans in Virginia and Maryland came to abrupt ends yesterday, as legislative panels in each state rejected bills that would have made restaurants and virtually all other public places smoke-free.

In Virginia, a House of Delegates subcommittee unanimously rejected a bill that had won Senate approval despite the state's long-standing ties to the tobacco industry.
"The problem is, I want to have smoke-free restaurants and businesses. But in America, you don't pass a law to tell a private business owner who is paying rent or mortgage payments what he can and can't do in his own place," said Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax).
Actually, we do pass such laws. But that's beside the point. So if you go out to a bar in Virginia, drink too much, and throw up all over the place, you'll still reek of smoke.

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