Alex Massie

The sky is falling

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Good grief.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and House Speaker William J. Howell announced a deal Thursday morning to ban smoking in restaurants and bars in Virginia, a monumental decision in a state built on the profits of cigarette sales that remains the home to the nation's largest tobacco company.

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*The proposed Virginia bill is less draconian than most in as much as it exempts private clubs and permits bars to have a separate "enclosed, ventilated" smoking room. But still. Whatever happened to Big Tobacco?

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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