No more smoking in Baltimore bars and restaurants as of 2008. Wow, it's something I did't expect, and I couldn't be happier. It sure will be nice to sit at a bar and not breathe smoke, or go to the 8X10 or the Waterfront and see great live music without breathing someone else's lifestyle choice.
Ironically, this will make me go to bars more, which probably won't help my health any. But at least it will my own choice and not someone else's choice not to be healthy.
I bet none of those ridiculous "It will hurt the businesses" and "Please save my job" rhetoric comes to pass, just like it hasn't come to pass in other cities and states that have enacted the ban. There was actually a man on the incredibly biased Fox 45 news reporting on it tonight who said that, "corner bars are the cornerstone of our city." With a straight face.
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