While smoking bans are not universal, cities, states, and other countries are increasingly enacting laws extinguishing smoking in public places. The harmful effects of second-hand smoke are sparking these laws.
California, a leader in the anti-smoking crusade, is continuing to pass more restrictions. As of January 1st, motorists face a $100 fine for lighting up in their own cars, even parked in their driveway, if there's a kid present (watch out Britney). While it is important to protect children, does this law go too far? What about the dangerous effects of fast food? Should a parent face a fine for feeding their children
France, a country whose image is tied up with the cigarette is one of the latest countries to ban smoking in bars, cafes and restaurants. I was just in France for the holidays and as I fanned away tons of disco smoke, I wondered how the government would enforce the law in a country where so many of the citizens light up. Many of the French are eager for an excuse to quit, while others resent the dictatorship of health saying, "vive la liberté of smoking!"
Are you lighting up, or loving the fresh air?