Well, I’d subject you to more TV updates, but I actually went out last night and had a life. Which involved being in a smoke-filled bar for several hours. Which got me to thinking … yuck.

Seattle’s one of the country’s healthiest cities, yet it’s only just now getting around to considering a smoking-ban referendum. If the effort passes, Seattle will join the growing list of cities (Boston, Minneapolis), states (California, Delaware), and even countries (Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden) that have put butts under wraps.

This public-health progress has come despite agitated protests on business, political, and personal grounds. I have to admit, I didn’t have strong feelings about such bans until I lived (pre-Seattle) in a city that instituted one. And then I realized: breathing? It’s a good thing.

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