Got a flier in the office today that looks like a mailer for Joe Citizens to send to their legislators calling for a statewide solution to the municipal smoking bans like Charleston’s.
As a citizen of South Carolina I am requesting your support for compromise legislation on smoking restrictions. Business owners who have age restricted venues that have a large adult smoking customer base should have the choice to allow smoking in their establishments. … You have the opportunity to preserve adult choice, defend small business owners and protect the jobs of hospitality employees.
The return address on the flier is listed as ABC Stores of SC, whom, we’ll assume, is not as directly impacted as much as the restaurants and bars they supply. I’ve got my doubts that there will be any movement in the Statehouse before the courts make a decision on those local ordinances that have been challenged.