Governor Rounds, as you consider whether to fix your name to the smoking ban (assuming the House agrees to the Senate's amendments), here's a thought:
One frequent argument against banning smoking in public places is that such a ban would put small-town bars and cafés out of business. But what business will we lose? Are smokers in Kimball going to load up the truck and drive to Valentine for supper and a smoke?
Smokers will adjust. They'll take their butts outside, as they've resigned themselves to doing in so many other venues, then come in to the same old places for dinner and music. And a whole bunch of us who currently don't come to the smoky places may spread our money around town a little more.
Nothing to lose, plenty to gain. Sign the bill, Governor Rounds.
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