Letter of the law

May 3, 2009


I was going to try to write this last night but 3 o’clock in the morning is not a good time to do anything (I barely got that last post off).

Smoking in bars is illegal in Illinois. The great place I went to last night (which shall go nameless) has an “outside” smoking room. Funny thing is that all of the people at the bar were out in the smoking room watching the band play. How is this possible?

First, let me detail for you the Illinois smoking ban law that defines which areas are mandated to be smoke free.

“Enclosed area” means all space between a floor and a
ceiling that is enclosed or partially enclosed with (i) solid
walls or windows, exclusive of doorways, or (ii) solid walls
with partitions and no windows, exclusive of doorways, that
extend from the floor to the ceiling, including, without
limitation, lobbies and corridors.

The way this place figured it out is genius. The smoking room consists of a roof, structural framing and heavy duty plastic for walls (an industrial strength version of what you insulate your windows with in the winter). For heat, there are multiple space heaters and an overhead radiant system (their carbon footprint has to be off the charts). The only ventilation is when someone opens the door.

The band plays, the people smoke, the place is packed, the owner makes money. Fun is had by all and no one seems to mind.


4 Responses to “Letter of the law”

  1. superdave524 Says:

    I “get” smoking bans, but don’t agree with ’em. Public buildings ought to be smoke-free, but bars should do whatever they want.

  2. John in IL Says:

    I like libertarian Dave much more than statist Dave.

  3. superdave524 Says:

    I try not to buy in completely to any particular philosophy, because one size rarely fits all. Like JC said “The Sabbath was made for man; not man for the Sabbath”.

  4. John in IL Says:

    Libertarianism and statism are at opposite ends of the political spectrum.

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