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Can We Count On the Market? November 9, 2006

Posted by federalist in Social Politics.

How many business-class fliers want to be cooped up in an aluminum can with cigar-smoking passengers for a long-haul flight?  According to at least one German, maybe enough to make it profitable.

I am still bewildered by the converse question: Aren’t there enough people willing to pay a little extra to avoid tobacco smoke to make it profitable for businesses to cater to them?  I don’t put up with restaurants that contaminate my meal with smoke wafting over from a bar or smoking area.  Sick of walking into hotel rooms that reak of tobacco, or having smoke seeping through the ventilation system from other rooms, I was thrilled when Marriot decided it would ban smoking in all its hotels in North America.  Why didn’t this happen sooner?  Finally, I am ready to pay a handsome premium to the first cruise line to offer a smoke-free cruise ship.



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