Re: Hotel *Update*
Well Sam I think you can agree with me that sometimes making money is not the goal of public policy. Sometimes policy is driven by a desire to control society in order to satisfy someone's lust for power or ideological notions of how things ought to be. In the case of tobacco public bans, massive anti-tobacco campaigns and ever greater tax burdens have drastically reduced tobacco consumption and the revenues generated by tobacco sales. These days insurance companies deny coverage to smokers and we all know these policies are getting worse each year.
I doubt that tobacco will be outright banned but we soon will have a situation not much better then prohibition. The anti-tobacco lobby does want total prohibition and the government so far has given them everything they have demanded. Still, even if we don't have total prohibition the end result of high enough taxes and restrictive laws means the same thing.