Why a Smoking Ban?

Published November 28, 2005

Dear Editor:

Victoria Adams’ (“Dangers of smoke,” Voice of the People, Chicago Tribune, Nov. 28) lengthy letter describing how asthmatics react to smoke leaves an important question unanswered: Why do asthmatics (or others who claim sensitivity to smoke) feel they have a right to eat in any and every restaurant they please?

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of completely smoke-free restaurants in Chicagoland. Why must EVERY restaurant be required to be smoke-free? Will we next require that no restaurants serve peanuts (to accommodate people with peanut allergies) or meat (to accommodate vegetarians) or alcohol (to accommodate teetotalers)?

Diane Carol Bast ([email protected]) is vice president of The Heartland Institute.