Smokefree DC is a citizen-based group whose goal is to promote smokefree environments in Washington, DC.

Not a good way to raise money for the state coffers

Well this is a boneheaded idea.

A lawmaker in Washington state has introduced a bill that would let bar owners violate the smokefree workplaces law — for a price.

That’s right. Bill SB708 would allow for “smoking establishment permits” that would allow patrons of bars to light up. Permits would cost between $1,000 and $3,000.

The guy who introduced the idea, Sen. Mike Gabbard, said he started smoking in the third grade but has since quit. In his comments to a reporter, he talked about customer freedom.

Hello? Mike? What about the workers? It’s a smokefree workplaces measure, remember? And these measures save lives and boost  business, remember?

Washington state has a strong smokefree law. Let’s hope the state doesn’t go backward on this one. There are plenty of other ways to raise money.

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