This one's for you, Jardine
Enjoy this news story from January 13th. It's about smoking bans.
The debate over the advisability of these bans is effectively over, so this stuff is boring right? Well, probably. The reason I'm linking the piece is, because it makes scant mention of the "good or bad" question, it is basically a story about three separate governments arguing over whose job it is to tell grownups and private business what they can and can't do.
I did have to read it twice to make sure, though, as this sounded promising:
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations vice-chief Morley Watson said it should be up to native people to decide what is best for their health.
Hey, people deciding what is best for their health, hallelujah! Wait, there's more:
He said there are some bands in the province that came forward with anti-smoking bylaws before the province's rule came into effect.
Oh. I guess he didn't mean "people" in the sense of "individuals". I'll let Mr. Watson finish:
"We're fully aware of making the best decision in our own lives," Watson said. "We cannot continue to have governments come along with very paternalistic attitudes that they have shown all along."
Unless they're native governments, apparently. Bravo!
P.S. If you're looking for closure, the feds elected not to quash the White Bear bylaw, so casino patrons are free to smoke 'em if they got 'em.
P.P.S. I've added a few more SSM thoughts, which I'm pretty sure are not original, in the comments here.