Carey lights up for smokers’ rights

Smoke-in to be held at West Hollywood's Barney's Beanery

Comedian Drew Carey is showing his libertarian leanings and will enjoy a little civil disobedience before lunch today.

Carey is up in arms about constant encroachments on cigarette smoker’s rights — like the California smoking ban — and will hold a “smoke-in” at 11 a.m. today at Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood.

While Carey could not be reached Monday for insight on his regular smoking status, the ABC sitcom star does plan to light one up for the cause along with Jacob Sullum (non-smoker), a senior editor for Reason magazine and author of the forthcoming book “For Your Own Good: the Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health” (Free Press).

Carey, a supporter of Reason (a political journal with a libertarian bent and a circulation of 55,000), and Sullum quickly schemed the PR event after meeting in Dallas at a “Reason Weekend” retreat on March 13.

“Drew and I got to talking about the smoking ban, and he said he thought it was ridiculous,” Sullum said. “It clearly deserves to be flouted.”

It is unlikely that Carey will be dragged away in handcuffs, as local officials have been having a rough time enforcing the ban, according to an event organizer, Mike Alissi.

Contacted by Daily Variety, Alphabet net spokesman Kevin Brockman laughed and said the web had no formal comment about Carey’s intended illegalities.

“We’ve got no problem with it — just as long as he shows up for work.”

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