Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

St. Louis Smoking Ban

Posted in art, awareness by Jason Gray on February 5, 2010

Watercolor, Graphite, Charcoal and Tempera on Paper, 4″ x 6″

Listening to all of the resultant bickering surrounding St. Louis finally approaching a city-wide ban on smoking in restaurants and bar led to the creation of this little work. A few years ago, when I was still living in Chicago, I experienced all of the same sort of back-and-forths that I see here today. Chicago was another city that seemingly couldn’t “see” itself as a non-smoking town, and a lot of establishment owners were worried that they’d be closing down. Guess what happened? Smoking was banned, and business actually went up. To be honest, I am mostly ambivalent to the topic; I have been a smoker and I am now a non-smoker. However, I do think that it is important that everyone is provided with a smoke-free workplace, but on the other hand, I think that laws that restrict smoking outside, or in your own apartment, are a bit oppressive.

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  1. curt said, on February 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    you can bet i will not stop smoking in my freaking apartment until they come arrest me for it. that’s the dumbest thing i’ve heard all day!
    oh, hi jase. see what your post did–it got me all worked up! hahaha 🙂

  2. Mandi Gray said, on February 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Awesome piece of art! You have always been able to create everything from the most detailed portrait to the most abstract. Here, you mixed the two quite well. Very talented!

  3. jasongrayfineartist said, on February 5, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Ha ha, and I completely agree, Curt! Smoke away, good buddy! We should get together for another chess match soon….


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