Quote of the Day - Small habits well pursued betimes may reach the dignity of crimes.
Right now, though, Ireland is struggling with the application of its new Smoke Law, scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2004. This time, the flap seems to be over the application of the smoking ban to homes.
When caregivers, plumbers and electricians come into an Irish home, they're entitled to a smoke-free environment, according to an Irish Government Agency's interpretation. I wrote about this ban once before when Irish cigar vendors were complaining.
The law's proponents point to a study out of Helena, Montana. There, when the smoking ban was in place, heart attacks went down by 48%.
When the law was rescinded, the number of heart attacks went right back up. Kind of makes you think, doesn't it?
New Yorkers have been trying to stymie their smoking ban, too. But a federal judge will have nothing of it. On the left coast, we've gotten pretty used to the no smoking law, and in fact, I miss it when traveling.
I'm a dedicated cigar smoker, though, but I respect others' rights not to breathe it in. While writing this post, I was glad to have found 78 more reasons to buy cigars.
We got used to the ban, and it looks like New York and Ireland will too.