Robyn Urback: Instead of banning smoking, why doesn’t Ontario just send smokers to the moon?

Sure. Send me to Smoker’s Planet too. I’ll bring the coffee and cacao seedlings. Someone else needs to bring the hops, barley, and vines. I can help pick out the chicks for the eggs at least. We’ll need some livestock handlers. We will be just fine.

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Last June, a bus terminal in Thunder Bay, Ontario, introduced what was essentially a “pen” for smokers. Affixed with a “Designated Smoking Area” sign, the space was on the bus platform and probably large enough to fit about five smokers comfortably. Smokers were separated from non-smokers with bars up to the waist, and receptacles were made available for discarded butts at either side. Transit officials were unable to confirm by press time that staff had also erected feed dispensers, which allowed non-smokers to offer smokers handfuls of mints and gum from outside the pen.

Currently in Ontario, is it against the law to smoke in workplaces, restaurants and bars, as well as on covered patios. Smokers cannot light up with nine metres of hospitals, extended-care homes and other health care facilities, and must purchase their cigarettes from behind unmarked displays. Many of these provisions have been rightfully applauded; indeed, people…

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