Joe Cimperman's proposed outdoor smoking ban is ludicrous on a couple of levels, but the rancor coming from "City Hall higher-ups" doesn't have anything to do with the most logical and fundamental problems of the prohibition. They are simply upset they won't be able to smoke a cigar on the golf course.
In the name of cigars and profits, Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson wants to exempt Highland Park Golf Course from a proposed ban on smoking in city parks and recreation areas.
Johnson neither golfs nor smokes, but he said he has heard complaints from golfers, including a few unnamed City Hall higher-ups, who are unhappy that the proposed ban would prevent them from smoking a cigar during a round at the city-owned course in Highland Hills.
1) Cigarettes bad. Cigars OK.
2) Smoking while playing basketball at any of the city parks is dangerous, unhealthy, and needs to be restricted by law. Smoking while playing golf is totally OK.
3) Government employees can't get cancer.
4) Their second-hand smoke is innocuous, totally safe, and even smells like cotton candy. Yours merits a new ordinance and probably has given 173 toddlers in Indiana cancer already.
5) The air at golf courses sucks up smoke magically. The air at cemeteries and on sidewalks does not possess this mystical power.
That is all.