The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
There's no doubt that many people would rather drink in a bar without smokers. That's fine, and I support their right to put their money where
their mouth is.
Here's the thing - it's not illegal to run a non-smoking establishment. I rent apartments, and I'm legally entitled to prohibit smoking in the
building. I'm fine with that.
Except now it's illegal to run a smoking establishment. That is what I'm NOT fine with. Non-smokers have no intrinsic right to come to my place of
business and force out other paying customers. It's so typical of the non-smoker mentality that they believe their own rights somehow outweigh the
rights of others.
Personal liberty is important to these people, as long as you're only talking about their rights. Once someone else's rights come into question,
that's a different story...
Bar owners should be able to make their own decisions for the health of their businesses.
If I was a bar owner, I would want smokers smoking, and if the non-smokers didn't like it, they could drink elsewhere. There will always be plenty
of non-smoking establishments - mainly because of the insurance.
I haven't gone to a bar since the smoking took effect. I refuse to give my money to a business that actively discriminates against me (even if their
hand was forced by legislators).
As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.