C'est la vie, you never can tell what will motivate me to post

Henry Farrell writes about the surprising success of public in door smoking bans in changing social norms on where and when smoking is permitted, as opposed to generating the massive disobedience to the law which seemed likely to some. I like discussions of social norms, maybe you do too. The comments, particularly comment three on the malleability of smell and six on what else New York City / the Bloomberg* administration have done to reduce smoking besides the ban, are also good.

* Unrelatedly, though not surprisingly if you've read this site, I'm a single issue anti-Bloomberg voter for term limit extension reasons. It'd be almost impossible for Thompson to lose my vote or Bloomberg to gain it.