So, 2009 is when bars have to end smoking in their establishments. I'm wondering if anyone else would like to see if we can get them to start switching now? I have a hard time understanding why we need to wait for good change for so long (Greg Brown has a great line in one of this songs - why does bad change come so quick and good change take so long...). So, to this end - I'm open to suggestions on how we might encourage bars and restaurants that still have smoking to make the change sooner rather than wait for the last minute.
My main idea is a website that lists non-smoking establishments and then highlights those who've recently made the switch cause they see the writing on the wall. My sense is that bars that do switch will not suffer and may actually have increased clientele - for instance, people like me, who won't go in a bar that has smoking. I'm also a performer, and won't play smokey bars.
So, please bring it on - your ideas, that is - how to affect this change if you agree that it might be a good thing for people to take on. Could be a sticker that the bar gets - some sort of recognition that they're doing the right thing early. Heck, I'd write them a personal thank you note if that's what's needed :)
Welcome to Autumn!
Not sure how this might be tied into Measure 50, but perhaps there's a way to help that along, with such an effort.