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.
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...
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