Vice Squad
Sunday, February 06, 2005
New York City's Public Smoking Ban

Today’s New York Times brings an examination of the nearly 2-year old NYC smoking ban. The main message is that the ban has not brought any catastrophic effects, and that compliance is quite substantial. Oh sure, there are still some malcontents, and the economic impact of the ban remains uncertain, ....
But a vast majority of bar and restaurant patrons interviewed last week, including self-described hard-core smokers, said they were surprised to find themselves pleased with cleaner air, cheaper dry-cleaning bills and a new social order created by the ban.
One disgruntled group, it seems, are bartenders, who are no longer the center of a social scene that, to some extent, has moved outside to smoking areas, and who also have to play smoking cop.

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