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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Madison's Ban on Smoking

Update: I would just like to point out that some Madison Aldermen are stupid:

Ald. Tim Bruer said that to grant the narrowly worded exemption - which required 10 percent tobacco sales and applied only to businesses established before 2003 - would give the two bars in Madison "an unfair advantage" as the two oases in the city for smokers. He speculated that if either owner later wanted to sell, the city would have handed them a large profit.

Ald. Mike Verveer, who sponsored the proposal, said that in his conversations with tavern owners, no one had complained about the exemption. The combined occupancy of the two small bars is about 100 people, he said, and the exemption for cigar bars follows the example of New York's smoking ban.

There are two cigar bars in Madison, one of which I frequented while in college (Maduro). I did not smoke cigars, but it was a cool place to be. A cigar bar has a certain atmosphere about it that a normal bar just can't duplicate. And not once was I ever offended by smoke in a cigar bar because, and I want to be perfectly clear about this, IT IS A FRICKIN' CIGAR BAR!!!

Sorry about the yelling, but seriously, is there anything dumber than banning smoking in a place that exists to allow smoking? Tim Bruer is concerned about giving the two cigar bars an unfair advantage, but is utterly unconcerned about the prospect of possibly putting them completely out of business. In other words, he is perfectly fine with granting an unfair advantage, as long as the majority is enjoying that unfair advantage.

How progressive.

Madison's ban on smoking in restaurants and bars goes into effect on Friday. To mark the occasion, The Intensity Newsletter Crew is having a smokeout:

Thursday night! 10pm! The TIN squad will be chain smoking and drinking copious amounts of vodka at State Street Brats (top floor) on THE LAST DAMN DAY YOU CAN SMOKE IN A BAR! We'll be picking up a carton of "squares" to hand out and we're gonna get "crunk." Frankie promises to be in "rare form." This is your last chance, so make it good. "Ladies and Gentleman, we've lost the second engine and we're going down. Smoke 'em if ya got 'em." Witness the Fitness,

Rhoads and Frankie


  • I agree, pretty foolish. I would be for the ban if second hand smoke was even half as bad as some people seem to think it is, but I don't think it is.

    Interestingly, I think other cities where smoking has been banned actually make more money. People claim it is because more people now go to bars, but I bet it is because if you aren't smoking at the bar, then you are drinking more.

    By Anonymous Phil, at 10:55 AM  

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