The Myth of the Business-busting Smoking Ban

As more and more of the nation has acted to protect employees from being poisoned on the job, our Legislature has steadfastly refused to adopt smoke-free workplace laws. Lawmakers argue that whether to ban smoking should be left to business owners – and in particular bar and restaurant owners, since most other businesses already ban smoking – because 1) it just should be and 2) a ban will cost bars and restaurants money.