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San Luis Obispo

Though I have never smoked and own no interest in the tobacco business, I believe the recent extensions of San Luis Obispo’s tough no-smoking laws are too strict. I approve of laws against second-hand smoke in restaurants and other public gathering businesses and appreciate health benefits to restaurant employees and other patrons. But further extensions to this law, like banning outdoor smoking within 20 feet of windows and entrances should be reconsidered.

I also dissaprove of the vilification of tobacco farmers. Most of them are not monsters. As I have done regarding guns, people need to be informed of the dangers, to others as well as self, of smoking, but without being forced to stop. That San Luis has the nation’s toughest no-smoking laws may not reflect well on us. Residents and businesses keep fleeing San Luis.

-- Steve T. Kobara - San Luis Obispo

-- Steve T. Kobara - San Luis Obispo

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