New York to Bloomberg: "Butt Out!"


Of all the protest signs I've seen this week, my favorite is this one, attached to an ashtray outside an uptown bar:

To my delight, quite a few bars seem to have adopted the policy of allowing smoking later at night, often when there's only a single bartender left manning the joint. Smoking bans, of course, are typically justified by the need to protect the poor downtrodden bartenders who're choosing to flout the ban. Has it been long enough since the collapse of Marxism for the health nannies to resurrect the phrase "false consciousness" with a straight face?