As more states ban smoking indoors, the “smoking shelter” business is booming. [Chicago Tribune via Fark]

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  1. sleze69 says:

    Stop it with the “must register” news links.

  2. booo!!!1

  3. bohemian says:

    They have those all over up here in the great white north. They are like little smoker terrariums.

  4. President Beeblebrox says:

    “Not a chicagotribune.com registered member? Register now…” FAIL.

  5. adambadam says:

    can someone post the printer version of the article? it usually lets you get around the log in

  6. oldtaku says:

    Print:

    [www.chicagotribune.com],1,5829691,print.story

    or use username ‘goppen@mailinator.com’ password ‘password’ courtesy of bugmenot.

  7. MercuryPDX says:

    @sleze69: @President Beeblebrox:
    Use [www.bugmenot.com] or the firefox plug-in for it: [erichamiter.com]

  8. sauceistheboss says:

    @sleze69:

    Just delete the ” &ctrack=1&cset=true ” at the end of the link and you dont have to register.

  9. BrianH says:

    Kinda cute, like a little translucent coffin.

    I’m sure the clear glass becomes yellowish brown over time.

  10. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    A large opening in one side could accommodate a door, but that won’t happen: State law doesn’t allow smoking in any enclosed structures at workplaces.
    This is just stupid. Second-hand smoke is a much more convenient target than the insanely huge amounts of contaminants and shit that are spewed into the atmosphere (and our lungs) by industry and (gasp) cars and trucks! But you can’t change that (unless you throw money at it – funny how we have no problem throwing money down the shitter that is W’s fiasco in Iraq).

    I read another article I can’t find now about how we’re not protecting non-smokers anymore, we’ve gone on to trying to regulate morality (smoking=bad!)

  11. samurailynn says:

    Honestly, I would prefer it if smoking were only allowed indoors, and the owner/operator/manager of whatever establishment got to decide whether or not smoking was allowed. I hate walking past people outside who are smoking. Where I work, there is a woman who will stand near the door to our office and smoke, but I have no idea which office she works in, I just know it’s not right next to ours. If you knew every time you entered a building whether or not smoking was allowed inside, it would be easy to decide whether or not you wanted to enter that building. You would also know before accepting (or most likely, before even applying for) a job whether or not smoking was allowed at that location.

    • Tankueray says:

      That would be a logical and smart approach, letting people take responsibility for their own choices. Time and again, that is an alternative presented at these smoking ban meetings; but the high-and-mighties always win out with the “won’t someone think of the children” argument. It really could be as simple as, “don’t give them your business if you don’t want to”.

  12. gibwar says:

    @samurailynn: They used to have those smoking and no smoking signs… that’d let you know if smoking was allowed or not.

  13. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    …and most smokers (I can say this as a former smoker) would voluntarily not smoke at work around people who didn’t like it. We didn’t need legislation.

    Best ‘no smoking’ anecdote had to be about Jacobs Field in Cleveland…it was built partly by increasing the county tax on cigarettes and when it opened, you could not smoke in most of the stadium (seats, etc., pretty much anywhere you could see the field from, you could not smoke there). Apparently smokers could pay for the place even though they couldn’t light up there. Apparently not enough air in the stadium.

  14. smoothtom says:

    Yes, I think it should be up to the business to choose whether or not to allow smoking in his establishment. It should also be up to the business whether to allow rats to run freely around the kitchen, to require employees to wash their hands, and to allow exposed wiring in places where customers can touch it and get shocked. FREEDOM, BABY!!