Saturday, January 24, 2004

Smoking in Toledo

Like many cities across America, Toldedo, OH recently instituted a ban on smoking in all bars and restaurants. However, private clubs are exempt from the ban. Entrepreneurial spirit being what it is, Toledo tavern owners have found a way to latch onto this loophole. Several Toledo bars have formed an organization known as Taverns for Tots. Taverns for Tots is a not-for-profit organization that has $1 dues for a lifetime membership. Apparently, participating bars require all patrons to join Taverns for Tots prior to entry. Thus, the participating taverns have turned themselves into private clubs where the smoke can once again billow freely.

Of course, attorneys for the city of Toledo are crying foul, and lawsuits will soon be following. But for now, I say hip-hip-hooray for the creative minds in Toledo that are not willing to give up the free market system just yet.