Okay, so y'all know how I used to feel about smoking bans. When I moved to Columbus, I was worried about what it would be like to live somewhere where you couldn't smoke in bars or restaurants or... anywhere.
And then I realized how fantastic it is.
I never would have imagined five months ago that I would vote for issue 5 and against issue 4... but I did.
The bartender at my local smokes, but even he was glad because he has worked in bars where you just get smoke blown in your face all night. Not a pleasantness, I'm sure.
It's really not a big deal to go outside (here most places have patios with heaters on them, and I'm sure that'll spread) and it is nice to come home not smelling like smoke, not getting burned by cigarettes if it's crowded, my contacts not stinging... etc. It's really not as big a deal as it seems like until it happens. Also, the business concerns don't make sense if it it statewide, since only people within a couple miles of the state line can just go somewhere else. If you're going out now, you pretty much are going somewhere non-smoking.
Just like how you used to be able to smoke anywhere (according to my parents, you could smoke in classes in college when they went) and then it was limited to certain public places, now its limited to outside. We don't think anything of it now to not be able to smoke in a courtroom or a school or a hospital... and soon it won't seem strange to step outside the bar for a smoke.
As for banning it outside.... that I agree with most of y'all on... that's just ridiculous.