Delectable Dee

I stumbled on an interesting plurk (yes, I use plurk you can add me if you have an account there, too! Add Dee The Llama Queen) by a friend earlier and it's somehow piqued my interest.

The question was about smoking ban and if it's fair. Needless to say, the author of the plurk thread is a smoker and to quote her, "I smoke occasionally, stress and all, but smoking in a bar is like having sex in a brothel, it what its there for..." Naturally, she got called names for that remark.

People think that banning of smoking is a violation to their personal rights but oftentimes, people always forget that their rights end where other people's rights begin. Of course it's not so easy to draw lines in air but I believe that common sense and respect/consideration for others should be enough of a guideline to know the limits.

I've always found comments like, "what you should be concerned about is improving the overall air quality" or "you get worse air driving on the freeway or mowing your lawn" to be really ignorant. The inconsiderate smokers just use that out-of-the-line excuse to justify what they want. Non-smokers should have every right to a cigarette smoke-free air irregardless of the claim that we now live in a very polluted world. If that should be how the reasoning should go, then would it be perfectly alright then for me to pee in your drinking water since we technically don't have un-polluted water?

I respect the rights of people who smoke but I also expect smokers to respect my right to clean air. Why should my lungs suffer because you made a stupid choice to kill yourself slowly? If you wanted that smoke so bad, why blow out the smoke and not just inhale everything in?

Another thing with restaurants charging a 10% fee for those who prefer to dine inside "non-smoking areas", why should the natural, free-air breathing people pay extra so the smokers can pollute the air for free? Shouldn't that be that other way around?

People are stupid. Remind me again why I should have faith in humanity?

7/18/2008 03:53:50 am

Yah.. I smoke.. but somehow I find the decency to try to go around back of buildings to smoke, or whatevas.. I think the bans are good. They were banning smokers inside restauarants years ago on the mainland US, and it cleaned up a LOT of the places that had been otherwise dubbed 'dingy,' 'dirty,' and etc.


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