Will the Barback Be a Diplomatic Envoy?

The crackdown on public smoking isn’t just an American phenomenon. Here in California, nobody is allowed to light up in bars and restaurants, or anywhere near buildings or food. I am a nonsmoker, so it doesn’t have a huge impact on me outside of better smelling hair after a night at the bar. Yet, I can’t help but feel sorry for the nicotine consumers out there. I think this is one of those cases where the market should sort things out. Open two bars, side by side. One will allow smoking and one will not. Whichever one thrives is the one the people prefer.

The idea of banning smoking in pubs seems ridiculous to me, especially in Britain, but it is happening none the less. One pub is fighting back by transforming itself into the official embassy for the island of Redonda, which lies 35 miles south west of Antigua in the Caribbean. As an embassy they will technically be foreign soil and beyond the smoking laws. I’m not sure if it’ll work, but I applaud their efforts.

link (via Hit & Run)

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