Banning smoking in public places? isnt it the thin edge of the wedge?

@ESKARENA1 (18300)
August 28, 2007 3:45am CST
Isnt banning smoking in public places simply the thin end of the wedge? if we allow this, will we end up with the equivalent of the morality police watching our every move?
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28 Aug 07
It really depends. If the public place is indoors, then I agree that smoking should be banned. Who wants to be in a room full of smoke? If it is outdoor public places. the problem is with the lazy smokers who just dropped their butts on the ground and walk off. I don't smoke and I prefer to breathe clean, fresh air especially due to the fact that I am allergic to ciggies.
@ESKARENA1 (18300)
28 Aug 07
..but where do you get clean air with so many selfish, lazy drivers pumping out their carbon monoxide for everyone to breath because they simply have to drive ?
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28 Aug 07
That's just it, some people don't have to drive. If I have to go anywhere, I either walk or ride my bike. There is always public transport. I live on the outskirts of town, so I am more rural. It's all down hill from here our house and I walk it. People need to think more about the health of the planet than just being too lazy to find other means of transport.
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@ESKARENA1 (18300)
1 Sep 07
absolutely right, yet every journey is esential to the person doing it. It is here that we find the real battle
@Ravenladyj (22940)
• United States
28 Aug 07
as sad as it is, yea I think we will eventually end up with the "morality police" watching our every move and hounding us every chance they get...I've actually heard over the past few/many months that there is talk about banning smoking in your car and home if you have kids etc too...(though the exact threat I dont remember but thats the basic idea)...personally I think thats REALLY pushing it..who in the hell has the right to tell me what I can or cant do in my own flippin home and on my own damn property??? I personally think that money and time would be better served on more pressing issues like oh I dunno..poverty for example :-/
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@ESKARENA1 (18300)
28 Aug 07
as usual you make great sense. Lol for years they have tol;d gay men what they must not do in their own bedroom so why not smokers? lol blessed be
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@derek_a (10902)
28 Aug 07
There seems to be something of a reversal in this country at the moment. We have some people getting away with the most violent acts and otherwise law-abiding people getting severely penalised relatively minor offences often committed in ignorance or error. And what's worse nobody seems to be addressing this imbalance.. all we get is a load of rhetoric and then... nothing. You say "if we allow this"... Are we going to get a choice?
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@ESKARENA1 (18300)
28 Aug 07
You are right my friend, we need to find our spirit of rebellion again. Over the years this spirit has served this country well, we need a braveheart but where is he/she to be found?
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• United States
28 Aug 07
I think they are crossing the line when the say that they are trying to make it against the law to smoke in my own automobile and home. My civil rights are obviously of not importance to the ban smoking fanatics.
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@Springlady (3986)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I think banning smoking in public places is an excellent idea. Here in VA, we are trying to do this very thing. If someone wants to smoke, let them go outside away from others who do not want to inhale it. Secondhand smoke can be just as dangerous as smoking it yourself.
@ESKARENA1 (18300)
1 Sep 07
what about pushing the book? what if someone decides pushing the bible is illegal?
@xiuluoelly (1225)
• China
28 Aug 07
I hate people smoking in front of me, especially some public occasions, the circulation of air is not the case, if coupled with the more smoke, this kind of feeling is obnoxious, I think as a gentleman should have this kind of consciousness, which is a basic quality.
@arkaf61 (10884)
• Canada
28 Aug 07
I know what you mean Eskarena, and I do agree with you. People are adults not children in need of a babysitter. Are we bringing big brother to watch over us? WHen one decides that knows better and will make people do something because it's for their own good.... where does freedom of choice end and autocracy start? It bothers me because even though people believe this is done for our own good, believe me, the concern is not about us, it's not out of caring for us.. if it was then maybe they could start with all the pollutants throw in the air by industry, cars, factories etc. But getting rid of that would affect money and economy, of course. ANy form of restriction like that creates a precedent that will open the way to more restrictions in the name of " we know better what is good or bad for you" and that's what worries me, sorry for the ones who support it but instead they can teach common sense and most problems with smoking would be solved ( if you smoke, be considerate of others, don't smoke unless in a designated area, etc etc - and if you don't smoke, make your choices, move away from someone who is smoking, choose non smoking places and restaurants which are the majority nowadays anyways, if everyone uses common sense then things can work without big brother) none of this will protect you from all the other harming stuff in our air, but at least it will make you feel better that you avoided second hand smoke.