Smoking Bans in Public and Private Places

The Japanese show us we've gotten smoking regulations back to front. Canadian governments fail to protect the public in genuinely public places, but ride roughshod over the rights of property owners in private ones.
Published on January 28, 2011

This piece makes the case that we’ve gotten smoking laws in Canada back to front. To see why you only have to go to parts of Tokyo, where local governments have protected the public in public places such as streets and left smoking under the control of property owners in private places. They have also avoided the conceit that privately owned bars and restaurants are “public places.”

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