While many of our readers debated at length the pros and cons of the new smoking law, guess what happened?
People are already being impacted in ways they did not expect ... from the AP wire:
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's new smoking law has forced some businesses to release employees who are under 21 years old and some businesses want to change the law to protect their underage workers.
Meet 20 year-old Caitlin Grant. She has mixed drinks at the Chattanooga bar, "the Electric Cowboy" for the past several months, but now she's not old enough to enter as a customer. Because of the new anti-smoking law, Caitlin and a half-dozen other employees at the bar can't keep their jobs since a no-smoking ban inside workplaces began last Monday.
The Electric Cowboy continues to allow people to smoke inside by prohibiting anyone who is not at least 21 from entering, an exemption to the smoking ban.
"It's totally unfair and contrary to what we were told just a week ago," Grant said Friday after learning she had lost her job. "I'm old enough to smoke, to fight for my country and to serve alcohol. But they say I can't work just because somebody else smokes in the same building. How am I supposed to support myself and my child?"
I'm wondering: Does your right to not inhale tobacco smoke supersede Caitlin's right to work and support her child?