Anti-smoking quote of the day

The Virginia smoking ban bills are officially dead today, as opposed to last week when they were only unofficially dead. Even Tim Kaine is throwing in the towel for the current session. My favorite response goes to this lady:

Anne Morrow Donley, co-founder of Virginia GASP, criticized the delegates for putting public health in the hands of private enterprise. “If they had been in government in the 1860s they’d have said each plantation owner can free slaves if they want to,” Miss Donley fumed. “They have no compassion.”

Yes, because working in a bar is just like slavery. Need a light, master?

My previous op/ed on the VA smoking ban, unpublished thanks to the House’s cursedly fast action, is available here, and Tom Firey and I opposed the bills in The Washington Post last month.

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