Henry Farrell Asks a Really Good QuestionAs he writes about bans on smoking:
For me, the interesting question is not so much the spread of the ban across jurisdictions as its nearly universal success in implementation.
It was not always so - I recall the joking in Austria when the initial ban there was applied to railway stations and of course there was no enforcement and no change in behavior. And I do not know exactly what is happening there now but I bet the world is more like mine in Canada than it was back then in Vienna.
My own guess is that there were many people like me revolted by proximity to smokers who were nevertheless somewhat tolerant, and lost it along the way.