Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Renegade outlaw smokers......

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I have to admit I am against banning smoking in bars and clubs. Restaurants...I could deal with, but put me in an environment where I am drinking and I better be allowed to smoke. There, in my opinion, is an easy way to settle this. Open bars that are no smoking or clubs that cater to this growing population. I don't care if people don't smoke, they do way more irritating things like chew loudly, snap their gum, get "hot and heavy" in public....why not ban that? True it may not be life threatening but it does cause me mental anguish. Doesn't that count for something?
Earlier I mentioned I might not be opposed to anti-smoking restaurants and here's why. Children under the age of 18 usually don't have much say over where they sit when dining with their parents. I do find it morally unjust to allow them to sit in a smoking section because their parents smoke. I usually find myself unable to light up in a restaurant when I have an infant sitting a couple tables away. When I see both parents light up it is disturbing to me and I still can't bring myself to do it. I will generally wait until after dinner and then head outside for a smoke. That's the reason I would not flat out oppose smoking in restaurants, but really.....when is the last time you saw anyone under the age of 18 in a bar or club? Especially in the infant to toddler range?


blogginbizatch said...

welcome to the world of california. which currently sux hole entirely thanks to our not so wonderful smoking ban.
but hell, arnold still smokes cigars in the capitol building. go fig.

groovinkim said...

i'm in seattle, which recently banned smoking too. all the rave/club/etc promoters were freaked about how it was going to negatively affect turnout, but it doesn't seem to. the libertarian in me hates it, but i recently quit smoking meself, so i admit there are practical selfish benefits.