Posted by Jim on August 06, 2003 at 06:50:04:
In Reply to: Divide and Conquer: Architecture and the Law posted by liam ross on August 05, 2003 at 12:47:15:
In the USA, the subjects you inquire about are regulated at the local level, not the state or national (Federal) levels. Thus you would have to contact the municipality of interest (village, township, city or county) and inquire of them. Just which office of which government will handle such local regulations differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. No doubt a local lawyer could also help you, as could the nearest Law Library -- located through the State Bar Association usually located in that State's capitol city, and local public or school libraries can also direct you to them. The American Bar Association no doubt has a web site that may list law libraries by state. Search for them using Google or such.
I cannot see that it is really an architectural issue. Unless some jurisdiction wrote specific building/occupancy codes to allow special rooms for combined drinking AND smoking, it would not be possible for the architect to evade the local ordinance re not smoking in a designated place (though the architect would not likely be culpable for violating such laws, the client very likely would be). Most municipalities do have regulations about licensing for sale/use of alcholic beverages, but anti-smoking regulations are not nearly so widespread, as of yet. In some places, the feelings you express are said even more bluntly by restaurant patrons who crave smokes after eating. Really, the best thing to do in this rare example of the government actually doing good for its citizens, is to use one of the many means of stopping smoking and be done with the conflict at the start, and for your own health and that of others around you. No, it isn't easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is!
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