Reflecting libertarian views on commerce and trade a N. Shore town refused to enact local non-smoking regs (2nd Hand smoke regs actually) in the face of relentless pressure from the state to do so. 4 establishments in the town are smoke-free and all the others have smoking 'sections' which seem to work well for all concerned. In resisting to go along with State tobacco control programs, One Marblehead official called such inactions 'irresponsible and spineless'. Really now?
And if indeed 2nd Hand Smoke is a REAL safety threat to workers and patrons then let the state Dept. of Public Health and the Leglislature do what California did: Make a state-wide ban on smoking in food establishments.
Instead today we have a patchwork quilt of confusing and often unenforceable smoking regs. Each city and town is different and owners justifiably complain of an uneven playing field. Just curious what chowhounds think about this subject where food, added government regulations and personal preferences meet. What should ultimately be done to settle this issue?