I think it is a great piece, very professionally researched and written. Nice to see that there is an outlet for a more in-depth treatment.
My only comment is with the one statement you made about the Ames ordinance after the Supreme Court decision: “After the ruling, Ames kept the unenforceable ordinance on its books, and some businesses chose to voluntarily continue to comply.” It wasn’t some businesses. It was 95 percent of them!! Story County Tobacco Task Force initiated a program to keep local businesses on board after the decision. It involved contacts with businesses; compiling, publishing, and distributing a Smoke-Free Dining Guide; and making awards to businesses that continued voluntary compliance. Judie Hoffman was the point person in implementing this program, with (as always) strong support from George Belitsos.
Again, great article.
Read “Iowa’s Smoking Ban: One Year Later” here.