Clearing the air

Published: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 10:48 p.m.
''The days of smoke-filled rooms in the United States Capitol are over.''
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, announcing a ban on smoking in the Speaker's Lobby off the House floor.
Some traditions die harder than others, and we suppose that lawmakers from tobacco-growing states may take particular offense at Pelosi's no-smoking edict. But it is the rare public space in America where smoking is allowed these days, and the hallowed halls of Congress shouldn't be the exception. "Medical science has unquestionably established the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke, including an increased risk of cancer and respiratory diseases," Pelosi said. "I am a firm believer that Congress should lead by example.'' Clearing the air in the Speaker's Lobby is a good idea.
The Associated Press

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