Outdoor smoking ban
September 26, 2008 12:45pm CST
I read with interest the article in a newsletter that I receive about the banning of smoking outdoors law that was recently passed in Oregon. The author made some valid points about our steadily growing loss of freedom in America. First it was the banning of smoking indoors at public places. Most states now have such a law. I know that many of you are anti-smoking, but this is ridiculous! Just remember, they won't stop at taking away your freedom to smoke! We have already lost countless other freedoms. Here is an excerpt from the article: Outside now a non-smoking area at some restaurants Personal freedoms continue to die throughout our country. Smoking has already been banned in most restaurants and bars, but now there's a new public ordinance in Maine that will take the smoking ban outside. The ban, which goes into effect in October, prohibits smoking on the OUTSIDE patios and decks at restaurants and bars before 10 p.m. I know what you're thinking: Oh, come on Dr. D, lighten up! Uh-huh. Right. And exactly how many times have you ever seen one of these bans retracted rather than expanded? How about never? Once they're taken away, personal freedoms are rarely restored. The City of Portland originally banned smoking inside bars back in 2004; it only took the freedom-hating do-gooders four years to go after the right of people to smoke outside. And trust me, it will get worse. This don't-smoke-outside-before-10 p.m law is Portland's second smoking restriction law to be passed in a month. Last month, the city outlawed smoking within 20 feet of playgrounds, public beaches, and athletic facilities. How long before 20 feet becomes "everywhere in Portland?" Talk to me in 2012 … Lit up about smoking bans, William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
• Palatka, Florida
26 Sep 08
That is already in Florida the no smoking in bars and no no smkinh in Motel Rooms. Which i think is out there. But the smoking outside rule is to far out there. I remember when I did work at places that didn't allow smoking in doors. I hope this dosen't happen it Florida but I figure it might since we have had fires start here during the summer time. I just quit smoking again at the same time I understand how it feel not to be able to smoke when you want to.
• United States
26 Sep 08
I don't know what to do about this. You are right, first it will be before 10pm, next it will be ever, soon you won't be able to smoke on Earth anymore. We just had the ban in restaurants and bars start here last year. I think its a mess. Okay, we understand restaurants, but bars? Some people don't even smoke until they are drinking. And why you gotta sit up under me and complain while I'm at the bar anyway? Yes, I'm a smoker. When this went on the ballot, there were two Issues, one was to ban it in all businesses, the other, just restaurants. I was for the one for just the restaurants, because before I started smoking I didn't like to smell the stuff either when I was eating, and I understand kids plight too. But outlawing smoking in bars has dropped business dramatically, some bars even closing altogether. But you are right. They won't stop until smoking altogether is against the law, then what is next, drinking? Remember this poem, I forget who wrote it, but it makes a lot of sense. When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn't a Jew. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out