“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Saturday, January 03, 2009

What? Smoking bans save lives, too?

Here's another thing that John Kanelis is certainly not going to like.

He has hung his much-discussed fanatical support of red-light cameras on the fact that the cameras "save lives."

At the same time, he has railed against smoking bans. "Let the free market decide," he has said, doing his best Grover Norquist. "[Businesses] don't need City Hall breathing down their necks."

Now, comes the obvious punch line. Multiple studies have shown that heart attack hospitalizations drop sharply after a smoking ban is enacted.

So, uh, John?

Should we enact a smoking ban to save lives, or should we let the free market decide about the red-light cameras?