A proposal to ban smokeless tobacco in the House chamber and committee rooms at the Capitol was withdrawn yesterday after opposition developed. But Rep. Pam Adcock said she'd be back with something in 2009.
Let me say this about that. Dipping and chewing are nasty habits. They are fraught with health risks for users. But, apart from aesthetics, they do little harm to others, as smoke does. There's a good argument that if food is banned for decorum reasons, snuff ought to go too. But I think the legislature would do better work for the public by finishing the job on smoking first. I say this after a night in the miasma of Mallard's, a smoking enclave in the Peabody that somehow has managed to evade the state's anti-smoking law.