Beginning in June, smoking will be prohibited inside any enclosed mall in Howard County. Howard is one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to ban smoking in private malls. The legislation, passed this week by the County Council on a close vote, calls for both civil and criminal penalties against violators.
The Evening Sun would like to know what you think. Should smoking be banned in enclosed malls? Does a government have the right to ban smoking in a private mall or should such restrictions be up to the owners of the shopping center?
To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County) today through midnight. After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to punch in a four-digit code on your touch-tone phone. Punch 4600 and you'll be connected with "It's Your Call," The Evening Sun's phone survey on topical issues.
"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
Look for the results in tomorrow's Evening Sun.