I read with some amusement the many ideas offered up for the northeast corner of Oak Park Avenue and Madison Street in last week's VIEWPOINTS ("Brothel, roller coaster, prison or just Starbucks"). I noticed that retail/condos were somewhat reviled. It's somewhat understandable.
When Oak Park finally passes a no smoking ordinance, it will join 135 other municipalities around the country who have already taken this step. The tide of history is with us: People who choose to smoke can no longer light up in the workplace, public buildings, and soon restaurants and bars.
Surprisingly, nicotine smoking is a more difficult addictive habit to break than other psychoactive substance habits. It's tougher to quit cigarettes than it is for addicts to stop drinking, using heroin, or even ceasing cocaine use.