“That’s bullshit!” Baltimore Smoking Ban, 2007

By Scott Huffines and Alice Hand (Superstar Inn, 2007)

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Wayne, Transmission Mechanic, Rosedale
“I disagree with it myself. I’ve been smoking since I was fucking 14 years old. I’m a Vietnam vet, I’m 51 years old. I feel they’re taking our privileges away from us. Next thing you know they’re telling us what kind of toilet paper to wipe our asses with. I’m serious.”

Mark, Sheet Rock Installer, Highlandtown
“Bars will lose lots of business if it’s raining or snowing. More people will drink when they’re smoking. Who’s gonna want to smoke in the rain or snow? Ain’t nobody going to want to stand out in the snow or rain!”

Dave, Welder, Armistead Gardens
“People that smoke have rights. What’s the next step? They’re going to tell you that you can’t smoke in your own fucking house? It’s OK to stand on a corner on North Ave. to smoke a fucking blunt – but to stand in a bar to smoke a cigarette they fine you $250? That’s bullshit!”

Wayne, Armistead Gardens, Retired Truck Driver
“I think it sucks and I tell you what I’m gonna do about it! I’m either gonna quit drinking or quit smoking – probably quit drinking cause I can quit drinking but I can’t quit smoking. I’m addicted! I’m 59 years old and I’ve been smoking since I was 11 — back in those days you started early.”

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