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Smoking Banned Onstage in Colorado

Politically Correct Alert:  To comply with Colorado’s indoor smoking ban, courts won’t let actors smoke onstage.  As a result, as reported in the LA Times, plays where smoking is integral to the plot or character development will not be performed any more in that state.  Laws that restrict smoking in public places are a good thing – but when does common sense come into play?  This is the nightmare of the modern, bureaucratic, regulated society.  We now live in a culture where people read what’s on the computer screen and stop thinking for themselves.  I’m so glad the government is here to save us from ourselves.

What do you think?  Is banning smoking onstage a good or bad thing?


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  1. It’s been that way in Chicago for years. Good thing, too. It was always an annoying thing for a theatre fan, and non-smoker, to enjoy a show once they light-up. (cough cough cough cough).  

    The smokers will get used to it. 🙂

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