Originally Posted by paulsjv
Who's holding the gun forcing those people to hang around smokers?
my honest opinion... i think that's a very silly way of rationalizing because smoke is technically infringing on my liberties when it comes in my way. what if the person keeps following me around smoking that cigarette... i mean, it's a free country and that person could very well do that. right? and admittedly it's a terrible and silly analogy, because who would do that anyways? but this could very well happen when, say, there's a place you really like going to but without the smoking ban, all the smokers in a room could really affect my enjoyment, because as you say, no one is holding a gun to my head to stay so i probably won't go to that place anymore. thus it ruins my enjoyment.... and if all my favorite places turn out to allow smoking..... i mean, really, i could go on. it's not necessary to make it that complicated. smoking isn't necessary and no one should be affected by it period.... especially when there are people who don't enjoy the smoke.
who cares for smoke? why would anyone protect smoke more than someone's lungs? that's just silly. and i think even most smokers would agree with me that the smoking ban is just really not a law that anyone should even dwell on too much. i just don't see any logical reason to defend smoke. at all. period. fin. just as much as the plastic bag ban. who cares for plastic bags? no biggie!
and another thing about local business and the not smoking bit. i could be wrong and i might need to confirm this, but the smoking ban really isn't enforced. if a cop sees you in a place smoking he will not tell you anything, nor will the venue get a citation. i was at lovejoys a few years back and a friend of ours, who is a cop, was there with us. there were a lot of people there smoking. and we asked our friend, the cop, if they could get cited and he said, just what i told you. it's still technically up to the businesses and if the businesses ask the cop to take care of it, they will certainly respond and could kick him out or fine the smoker. but of course, i might have it a bit distorted. i'm just saying this because it really isn't like some "conspiracy" aimed against businesses at all.