It's pleasing to know that Nassau County has finally passed a ban on smoking in restaurants. It is one thing to smoke yourself, but another to pass that smoke along to another.
The compromise law passed by the legislature seems to be a fair and equitable compromise because it gets to the root of the problem: keeping smoke away from nonsmokers while protecting the interests of small business owners.
All too often governmental administrative agencies seek regulations that are intended for a good purpose, but their implementation often becomes costly, over bureaucratized, and loaded with red tape.
This law provides the adequate protection needed for those who want to be protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke while taking into consideration the economic effects of over-regulation.