Over the past few weeks I've had the fortune of spending some time in a couple of different sports bars. Well with March Madness going on and, of course, my favorite sport, baseball, kicking off the 2007 season, I had to go and watch a wall full of games at the local sports bar. It got me thinking about Proposition 201 that passed last November effectively making Arizona a smoke-free state. As I sat in a room full of smoke I wondered, "When in the heck is this smoking ban going to go into effect?" So I clicked around on the internet for a couple of minutes and found the "Smoke-Free Arizona" website which provides all of the details on the smoking ban. Here's the short of it. On May 1st, 2007 the law will go into effect. There is quite a lengthy list of the types of establishments that will be included in the law, but the main ones are: restaurants, bars, gaming facilities such as bingo halls, billiard or pool halls, bowling centers, public buildings, grocery stores or any food service establishment. The full list is available on the website as well as some FAQ's and some other useful information.
I don't have anything against people that smoke other than I don't want to breathe it, nor do I want to smell like it after I've been in any restaurant or sports bar or where ever. I, for one, can't wait for the law to take effect. I hope the inconvenience of having to go outside to smoke will encourage some smokers to quit, or at least reduce the amount of cigerettes they smoke. It's a win-win situation for everybody as far as I see it.