I've already done a video on this (link inside). In that video I took, I guess, a slightly lighter look at the potential ban.  Now, I think it's time to call some people out.  Why is is this ban being pushed by bar owners that already have smoke free bars?  Could it be they are losing business to bars that allow smoking?  I would think that simple fact would mean that the people of Lubbock have already voted with their wallets, they want the option of smoking in bars.

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We all know smoking is bad. We also know drinking is bad. There are many, many things that we do that are bad. These things are known as CHOICES.  We all make CHOICES as to how we want to live and what chances we want to take in life.  It is nobodies damn business what we do with our own person.

These anti-choice folks want to claim that they're "doing it for the employees".  Well, once again, there are occupational hazards in all types of jobs from hot grease to machinery that will take your arm off.

What really bothers me is the employees of places that have smoking, actually pushing for the ban. You know every time a smoker goes outside they are more likely to leave don't you?  You know this is going to cut into your tips?  You're cutting off the nose in spite of your face.  The same goes for you bar owners who are pushing for this. If you don't think you're going to be put on blast for pushing this, then you need to pull your head out of the sand.

And in the end, I'm embarrassed by all of you who speak of government overreach, but support this as a health issue. In this case, it's not just a slippery slope argument to say that they'll come for your sugar, your salt, your fats and so on next.  We've already seen a ban on large soft drinks in New York.

How about this?  Let's let grown ups be grown ups. We don't need to be diapered by our government and we certainly don't need this particular group of business owners making rules that other business owners have to live by.

I'd like to make one more point. You'd think Lubbock, of all places, would understand that prohibition DOES NOT WORK. The Strip DID NOT WORK. All you're going to do is force the smokers to stay home and that hurts EVERY business.