I cannot understand the mindset of these people who think that a business owner should be permitted to run his buinsess so some of his patrons will die, who go there reguarly, because of the smoke they had to breathe. I unfortunately was in Penn in 2005 with my ex visiting her uncle, a Canadian born but American retired cop.<quoted text>
What about the other employees, they don't count? So a person with breathing issues doesn't count? He should have to drive an extra 30 miles to find the same kind of business where no smoking is allowed?
The fact that this obnoxious habit of smoking is legal is irrelevant to the subject. It's legal to cover yourself in skunk spray too if you want to. The fact is that it is obnoxious and should no more be allowed then you to be allowed to blast loud music where ever you want to. It's called being a considerate person. If we were all considerate we would not need no smoking laws, but unfortunatley we do.
He was a heavy smoker, as was his girlfriend (his wife had died of cancer a few years before - likely related to his smoking). He was telling us of a nephew, my partner's cousin, who had visited, and he caught he and his wife opening their bedroom window, because they couldn't stand the smoke, and he was insulted that someone would come into his home and think they can open someone's window because they don't like the owner's smoke.
He took us to a privte club (at least back then people were cheating the no smoking rules by privatizing their clubs and charging a $5 fee for a membership so only members, who presumably wanted to smoke could get in), to deliver some Cuban cigars to the club owner, as my girlfriend had purchased them as a favor to her uncle, and of course having Cuban cigars in the USA is a crime in itself.
Though I was a guest and went along to not rock the boat, in my gf's uncle's place, I could see the hypocrisy. They took us someplace in their car, I think to catch a bus to NYC where we went on a day trip, as I had never been there before, and he saw in the mirror that my gf was making faces because of the smoke in the car. So he grudgingly made some comment to his gf that they should put out their cigarettes, because his niece doesn't like the smoke, even though it is in his own car.
Just no common sense, or maybe no sense at all.