Happy New Year! Now that Jan. 1 is here, we can all breathe a little easier, literally. And there's no chance that Illinois towns will rescind their disastrous smoking bans this year because 1.) the Bears are not in the playoffs and 2.) the statewide smoking ban is in effect. How will it affect you, and what do you think will happen?
I'm referring of course to the southern suburbs last year who righteously adopted smoking bans that they immediately reversed once Chicago's NFL franchise entered the postseason and drinking establishments suffered huge losses because vast numbers of customers merely opted to go places that still allowed smoking.
What will happen now? Will smokers go to Indiana and other neighboring states to eat and drink, and will there be a subsequent increase in DUIs? Will huge numbers of smokers quit? Will smokers go on smoking, outdoors now? Will some establishments flaunt the ban, and will "revenooers" come after them? (I imagine there are little taverns in places along the Mississippi River where the owner and all his patrons smoke and will continue to do so.)
What do you think of the statewide smoking ban, now that it's in effect?