josh (joshc) wrote,

the smoking ban, political curses

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a story today about the proposed state-wide indoor workplace smoking ban [#] that's on the ballot this November in Washington. I'm encouraged to see that their polling suggests that the measure will pass, given that the main opposition points are "It doesn't apply to casinos on Native American reservations!" and "the cops could use it to harass bars they don't like" because of its 25-foot rule (which, I admit, seems unnecessarily prohibitive).

This is a cause that I really would have liked to been involved with, but I've resisted any sort of impulses to volunteer to help. I made this decision to be unengaged mostly because almost every political campaign that I've been a part of has ended in defeat and I'd really like to see Washington bars be smoke-free.
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