Sunday, June 29, 2008

Illinois smoking ban poll

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports today that a poll paid for by the American Lung Association of Illinois, the American Cancer Society-Illinois and the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, asked 606 Illinoisans if the Illinois smoking ban had been "beneficial". 73 percent said yes.

So what! If I had been asked the same question, I would answer yes too. There will be benefits to any ban. The real question that should have been asked is: "Is the loss of freedom and curtailment of property rights due to the Illinois smoking ban justified by whatever health benefits the ban provides?" My answer to that question is no!

This St. Louis Post-Dispatch article only quotes smoking ban proponents concerning the poll. Is that good journalism?