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The Joan Baez of Smoking

Thursday, April 22, 2004 - 03:23 PM

It’s amazing. No issue splits progressive listeners – and those who toil in the nightlife biz - like the smoking ban in bars. It’s either a workers rights issue or a symbol of creeping fascism, depending who you ask. It raises passions so much that rock and blues artist Joe Jackson has been moved to write a protest song about it, which we played during his appearance on the program today. He also claims the EPA and other mainstream sources have “cooked the books” in its review of studies on the health effects of second hand smoke, because they are zealots. Here’s a web page that tries to flesh out the same idea. I have no clue how credible it is. But please don’t ask me to volunteer to work in smoke-filled rooms eight hours a night to prove the point.

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