Last week, the Times published the results of our online survey question, "Should the smoking ban be extended countywide?"

The majority of those who responded were in favor of the ban by a margin of more than 60 percent. Although 117 voters is not a large sampling of the county's population, it is still a good indication that those who care enough to weigh in on the issue are in favor of it.

While the state is considering the issue this year, they may or may not take action, but that's no reason for the county not to.

Restaurant patrons and workers in Lowndes County should have the same rights as their counterparts in the city, and no one should be subjected to a hazard created by a personal lifestyle choice. While government can become too restrictive in its policies, particularly where private businesses are concerned, it is unreasonable to think that people in this day and age have the courtesy to follow common sense when it comes to not smoking around children, or in restaurants or around those who don't like or simply cannot tolerate the smoke.

While they are busy planning for their annual retreat next month, we hope that the Lowndes County Commission will be considerate enough of their constituents to consider the issue and make it a priority.

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