Coase and Smoking: Who’s the Victim Here?
Todayâ€™s New York Times reports on a new cigarette bar in Chicago, where the city council has just imposed a sweeping smoking ban. (I recently criticized the ban at Ideoblog.) The proprietors of the Marshall McGearty Tobacco Lounge insist that the lounge is permitted because of a loophole allowing smoking in retail tobacco shops. Not surprisingly, Chicagoâ€™s anti-smoking zealots are seeking to shut down the business, which they say violates the intent of the anti-smoking ordinance.