D.C. Cigarettes Up In Smoke

Even before approval of an official ban, nearly 200 bars and restaurants have prohibited smoking on their own.

Which begs the question, is an official ban even necessary? "Opponents of the ban say the list [of bars and restaurants already prohibiting smoking] proves that allowing the free market to work will result in plenty of choices for both smokers and nonsmokers." They contend that the ban will only hurt area businesses, and Mayor Anthony Williams may agree: Williams "is considering a veto of the ban for fear it will hurt the city's vital hospitality industry."

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