Washington voters banned smoking in public indoor spaces in 2005 by a margin of 63 to 37 percent. Over 1.8 million people voted. It may not be perfect, but it was the product of lots of input, studies that proved the unavoidable exposure to harmful second-hand smoke in bars and restaurants, and a lengthy democratic process.

Leading up to the parks smoking ban, the democratic process was underway—239 people made comments—and the Seattle Parks Board of Commissioners held a public hearing to listen to people's opinions, the group deliberated, considered the evidence, and voted to recommend that an outright ban on smoking not be implemented. But the democratic process was rejected by one person, Timothy Gallagher, the parks superintendent, who threw that all out the window, implementing the smoking ban on false grounds (as I explained earlier).

The statewide smoking ban was a public process; the parks smoking ban was one person foisting a onerous, unenforceable law on the city.