The Anaheim Chamber of Commerce's "leave us alone" response to the City Council's request for comments on the proposed city smoking ordinance is typical of the remarks to be expected from an anti-regulatory organization that has not seen a smoking control ordinance in action in its community.
In California, 63 cities and counties representing over 45% of the state's population have adopted regulations that require smoking policies in private workplaces. The chambers of commerce in most of these communities strongly opposed the ordinances before they were passed and predicted the same sort of dire consequences as those imagined by the Anaheim chamber.
Once the ordinances were enacted, they were found to be very routine in their implementation, with few complaints or problems. When asked how the ordinances were working, the typical responses from chamber officials were, "no major problems," and "almost no problems at all."
Those few communities around the country that have experimented with "voluntary legislation" have found this approach does not work, and most of these programs have been replaced with mandatory ordinances.