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.