Sunday, December 10, 2006

Smokers’ Paradise

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Las Vegas to meet my brother and sister-in-law for a visit. Las Vegas is a strange place, to say the very least. Everything seems to be legal there from gambling to prostitution. I saw lots of people gambling, but no one engaging in prostitution. I did see lots of people smoking. In fact, with the exception of myself and my party, everyone seemed to be smoking. Not just a cigarette or two, people had a cigarette hanging out of their mouths at all times: in the restroom, at the slot machines, in restaurants, outside on the street, in their cars, in the halls of the hotels.

The conclusion I reached was that people don’t go to Vegas to gamble, they go to smoke. Las Vegas seems to be the last place in the United States (maybe on earth—even the French are banning smoking in restaurants) where it is legal (and maybe compulsory) to smoke in all places and at all times.

Now, I’m surprised that the high paid ad execs who do the marketing for Vegas haven’t seen this angle yet. Imagine the new visitors this would encourage; who cares about night club shows, roulette tables, and outlet malls when you can actually smoke anywhere you want?

I mean, Las Vegas could be located out in the middle of nowhere, or in the middle of a desert and people would still go.


vanx said...

Whenever I fly into Vegas (alright, I’ve done so three times in my life) I look out the window at the dessert and think, “somebody said, ‘that’s where we will build a town and people from all over the world will come to this town in the middle of a dessert and give us all their money.’” And they pulled it off! It is one of the most incredible things that happened in our country--and it could not have happened anywhere else on earth!

I think you may be right about smoking in Vegas. I don’t know if this is a leading indicator, but there is a serious push in my home state to ban smoking in casinos in Atlantic City, where prostitution can very easily be seen in public. I don’t know if you’ve ever been there, but it is very depressing compared to Vegas.

vanx said...

By the way, this is Rick from Birdie's--I had to use my old Blogger disguise.

gossamer said...

Hi Rick--it's nice to "meet" someone new. I am still working my way through Birdie's links, and now I'm looking forward to reading your blog--since we've met and all.