"Your'e treating us like children -- retarded children."
Great stuff on smoking bans from Balko (and Hitchens, quoted in the header), Healy, and Sanchez. The context for all the pieces is the D.C. City Council banning smoking in bars, but excepting the compromise bill they note, all of it is widely applicable.
My short take, of course, is that I'm against these bans. The biggest reason is not the property rights issue, "discussed" by Selley and Jardine in the comments here (although it would be nice if ban proponents would concede that they are compromising your property rights, and at least be explicit about the trade-off they are proposing).
My deep objection to these bans is that there is no "end of the line". I certainly can't think of a logical one. Ban proponents give every indication that no victory is ever final, i.e. cause for retirement. If smoking in bars is banned, we will merely move on to having the identical discussion about a new venue in a couple of years. And then another.
There is no medical or philosophical argument put forth in favour of smoking bans in bars that could not be applied similarly, and presumably equally successfully, to smoking just about anywhere, including in your own garage. Is there?