亚历山大，路易斯安那州 - 路易斯安那州的十字路口很可能是在它自己的一个十字路口，当谈到承认本国公民和当地企业的权利。
"Statewide, the only places you cannot smoke are restaurants. For several years now, a small group of prohibitionists have consistently failed in their efforts to expand the state’s smoking ban to include bars. Although we are grateful that cigar shops and cigar bars are exempt from the state ban, the Alexandria proposal is simply a local attempt to get around the state’s defiant rejection of a more restrictive smoking ban," said Chris McCalla, legislative director for the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association.
"We fully support the right of individual business owners to choose to make their establishments smoke free or not. However, when the government steps in and tells them how to run their businesses, it has gone too far. That’s what legislated smoking bans do," he said.
“扩展在这家路易斯安那州城市禁烟令可能会对整个我们有几十个成员的状态的负面经济影响 - 雇用当地工人，并支付当地的薪水，地方，州和联邦税小企业为什么，在这危机四伏 economic times, would any legislator – local, state or federal – take up a virtually meaningless yet job-killing issue like extended smoking bans?" McCalla asked.
"They are making health-related claims that are outrageous and indefensible. They are quoted in the local media as saying lives are being lost because of the limited smoking ban. This is a ridiculous claim that needs to be challenged. They can’t substantiate it, because it’s not true. They say a compromise should be reached on the subject. Well, when Americans start compromising their rights and freedoms, they are embarking on a slippery slope toward lost freedoms of all kinds," asserted McCalla.