"Choose Smoking," they say

Since I've been back in Canada, I've spent a lot of time reading the newspaper to catch up on what I've missed in the past few years. One of the most recent developments here (as in many other places in the world) is the ban of smoking in public places. While I'm not a smoker, I support the cause as championed by MyChoice, a lobby-group paid for by the Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers' Council. Their site might not exactly be a blog, but it contains many of the same features such as an ability for users to make comments on the site's frequently-updated posts. The page is cleanly designed and well written, and will make for a succesful tool except for one thing: To view most of the site's material, a user is required to register and login. A casual viewer will probably not care enough to do this, and will simply move onto the next thing. The very reason for having an information-dispersing website is that users can quickly access it and find out what they need to know. Its certainly a good idea to have some sort of registration system, but don't make it mandatory. The only reason I can imagine for having such a login-measure is because the topic is tobacco, and there might be government regulations requiring a login to prevent undeage users from visiting the site.In the meantime, keep fighting the good fight, MyChoice.