The New York Times reported this week that Congress has exempted itself from the D.C. smoking ban, which takes effect next month. Although smoking will be prohibited in bars, restaurants, and other indoor workplaces, members of Congress will continue to light up in the Capitol. This special treatment is of a piece with the exemption for cigar bars, the sort of upscale joints that legislators, lobbyists, and other insiders tend to patronize.
Why does Congress feel that they are smart enough to decide for themselves whether or not smoking is harmful while the rest of us are too dumb to make the decision for ourselves? Such blatant disregard for individual preferences is extremely frustrating.
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