If only people had the power to decide for themselves. I know that it is a radical thought, but I like to dream.
This is a huge failure on the part of government. The minority of people who don't smoke and felt the need to whimper and moan about it always had the option to go to another place of business during the many decades where smokers weren't punished. Many businesses even found a a niche catering to those cry babies. Turns out, they didn't need to be coddled.
Unfortunately, the government decided that it knew better than everyone who had found their own solutions. It decided that the freedoms should be stripped and they could decide for everyone how to run a business and their lives.
I understand government properties and places that couldn't be avoided, but a blanket ban is an overreach of power. Since there was always the option for a consumer to take their money elsewhere, no one's rights were being infringed until these laws were enstated.
Unfortunately, dozens of examples could be cited of this type of completely unnecessary government excess of control and we will never see our freedoms returned, but at least I have the right to be upset and complain (for now).