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GaryL1 Wrote: Apr 04, 2012 10:40 PM
I have asthma that gets triggered by smoke. Not only tobacco, but other smoke too. When restaurants had smoking and non-smoking sections, it seemed that they hoped that smoke would magically stop at the dividing line. I never found places where smoking was not permitted. I could only eat out after giving my order to "Jack" and driving to the window. I don't like government intervention into private property, so what am I to do? I do think that it was the camel's nose under the tent as far as government telling us what to do. Also, how can about 20% of the population (smokers) inflict their smoke on the rest of the population? Just a delema I have.
MG formerly minnesotagrandma Wrote: Apr 05, 2012 4:07 PM
I am very sensitive to fragrances. I have been next to a person(man or woman) who has doused themselves in it and end up with a blinding headache. If it's a restaurant I can ask to be reseated BUT in a aircraft I am stuck. Still, I do NOT advocate the banning of fragrances.
Free Man3 Wrote: Apr 05, 2012 1:29 AM
Interesting and unfortunate dilemma in which you find yourself. Every one of us has our own personal cross to bear and yours is no different than thousands of other’s. If you find smoke of any nature to be intolerable, you quite simply don’t allow yourself to go where it is present. You and those over whom you may have influence have the absolute unquestioned freedom and liberty to invest your personal wealth to establish the type of restaurant that fills you personal needs, desires, and wants. Your personal and limiting infirmity is neither of my making nor of your neighbor’s making and is not anyone’s responsibility with which to deal but your own and those who voluntarily take it upon themselves to make it theirs. How people who...
Free Man3 Wrote: Apr 05, 2012 1:28 AM
Interesting and unfortunate dilemma in which you find yourself. Every one of us has our own personal cross to bear and yours is no different than thousands of other’s. If you find smoke of any nature to be intolerable, you quite simply don’t allow yourself to go where it is present. You and those over whom you may have influence have the absolute unquestioned freedom and liberty to invest your personal wealth to establish the type of restaurant that fills you personal needs, desires, and wants. Your personal and limiting infirmity is neither of my making nor of your neighbor’s making and is not anyone’s responsibility with which to deal but your own and those who voluntarily take it upon themselves to make it theirs. How people who...
Free Man3 Wrote: Apr 05, 2012 1:30 AM
How people who equally possess freedom and liberty interact while respecting each others freedoms and liberties is not rocket science. The 80-20 ratio of nonsmokers to smokers does not mean that the smoker’s freedoms and liberties are subordinate to the nonsmoker’s freedoms and liberties. In today’s world it only gives an indication of the size of the unprincipled lynch mob.
Georgia Boy 61 Wrote: Apr 05, 2012 1:10 AM
GaryL1, I have a similar affliction to you - I am extremely sensitive to cigarette smoke - but I am not an asthmatic. However, I am against laws banning smoking. I am free to refuse to patronize any business or dining establishment that does not accomodate the needs of non-smokers.... just as those businesses are - or should be - free to choose whether to cater to smokers, non-smokers, or both. The trouble with anti-smoking laws is that the precedent has been set for govt. to intrude into all sorts of what should be private decisions about what to eat, consume, etc. - which is what is happening today. Today, we have govts. and businesses telling private individuals they may not smoke outdoors and in their own homes!
Public misunderstanding, ignorance and possibly contempt for liberty play into the hands of people who want to control our lives. Responses to my recent column "Compliant Americans" brought this home to me. In it, I argued that the anti-tobacco movement became the template and inspiration for other forms of government intrusion, such as bans on restaurants serving foie gras, McDonald's giving Happy Meals with toys, and confiscating a child's home-prepared lunch because it didn't meet Department of Agriculture guidelines. A few responses read like this: "Smoking is different because that actually affects other people. We should be living by the notion...