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Thursday, October 20, 2005

No on 901

Posted by on October 20 at 17:55 PM

A reader on our Forums accuses us of being in the pocket of big tobacco. Their evidence? We didn’t endorse 901, the smoking ban. Couple that with our cigarette ads and, well, there you have it.

Are you fucking kidding me? Have you ever read our paper? Here’s just a sampling of what we’ve published about the smoking ban:

It works in NYC and California!

It still works in NYC!

Pass one here!

Pros and Cons

The reason we came out against 901, which we explain in the No endorsement, is this: The initiative bans smoking within 25’ of clubs—on the sidewalk outside. In Seattle (a city that’s scared of strip clubs), that’s a formula for cop abuse. It’s also untenable. We don’t endorse flawed initiatives just because they’re well intentioned.