I’m really a libertarian type person. I believe in freedom, I want more freedom, but really, smoking is a freedom that infringes on the freedoms of others. I have no problem with allowing smoking in designated, ventilated areas. Similarly, if all the patrons of a particular joint do the smoking thing, the State should not impose non-smoking.
As a present day Californian, this is really one thing I like alot better wbout Cali than Oregon and Washington. The main thing that makes this a bit more feasible in California, is the ability to just have an outdoor smoking area. I realize this would probably be much more difficult at 35 degrees and raining.
Anyway, smokers often underestimate the impact of their habit. I really hate having all my clothes smell like smoke when I go out in the NW. Not to mention what it’s doing to my lungs.