The law of unintended consequences strikes the state of Michigan:
Since the ban on smoking in [small bars and restaurants] has been implemented, there has been a dramatic DECREASE in attendance at these locations. Profits are down, and more businesses suffer under the heavy hand of our state government, and the do-gooders who inhabit it.
I’m pretty sure that everyone knows by now that smoking is bad for you. And it clearly is. If you smoke long enough, you’re probably going to get cancer and die because of it. It’s not guaranteed, of course. Some people smoke for their whole lives and die at a ripe old age of an unrelated issue. But we all know the odds. And the fact remains that tobacco is a legal product; private businesses should have the right to allow its use on their premises. The government is not supposed to be a babysitter; it should not interfere in private decisions of this sort, and when it does it usually creates unintended consequences that are as bad or worse than the problem being “corrected.” All of this is plain to anyone with common sense; sadly, legislators seem to have less and less of that as time goes by.