Originally Posted by JK23112
This is just an example of a solution in search of a problem. The government decides to fund a whole bunch of programs with money they raise from tobacco taxes, while simultaneously trying to discourage the use of such substances.
I disagree strongly with banning it outright or forbidding smoking altogether, although I do believe that others (non-smokers, children, hospital patients, employees, folks waiting in line, etc., etc.) should not be subjected to so-called 'second hand' smoke from those who partake in such a disgusting habit.
We already have virtually banned it indoors (a good thing - especially in public places) and in densely-populated outdoor places (sports parks, etc.); but perhaps they're going too far if they say that nobody can smoke on their own time, off-duty and away from others. That is just crap!
What is next, saying that folks who put their lives on the line for our great nation are not supposed to enjoy a cold beer, eat fattening food or listen to loud music? Watch out, folks; the camel's nose is under the tent!
** "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely."
-- Lord Acton **
The whole smoking ban anywhere is krap. It is none of the governments business if I allow smoking in my diner. If my customers choose to go somewhere that smoking is not allowed that's my business and their business. If I go under because I allow smoking and nobody comes in to eat but a few smokers, that's my business.
It's my property and my right as a property owner what goes on, on my property. I'm so tired of big brother getting into every facit of my life.
What next, can't keep guns or maybe alcohol in my house?
BTW, my establishment is smoke free, but It's my choice.