Regarding Austin Powell's complaint about the ban on smoking a "perfectly legal substance" [“Off the Record
,” Music, Jan. 1]. Bleach and rat poison are perfectly legal substances too, but we don't allow them
to be sprayed in people's faces in public places either. And while it's a shame for Room 710 that they lost half their business, perhaps they should point the finger where it belongs – at the self-centered customers who stayed home pouting about their precious nicotine addiction instead of supporting a local venue by enjoying some amazing live music.