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Monday, August 22, 2005

Smoking Not Hot

Most want complete smoking ban
Daily Mail - UK - 4 hours ago
Most people want a smoking ban in all workplaces, according to a poll published today. They say new laws should apply without exception, according to the survey for Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and Cancer Research UK. ...

Though the government is wrong for enforcing such a law in what's clearly a violation of the Constitution, how awesome is it that we don't have to sit in smoke-filled rooms anymore? Do you remember the stench of your clothes, your hair, and even your skin when you'd wake up after any night out with friends? It was horrid.

My first few years in NYC, I actually had two sections in my decidedly barren closet. Clothes for going out in -- and everything else.

That I don't enhale a bunch of poison whenever I meet friends out doesn't suck either. Too bad it took a violation of our rights as property owners to get us to this point.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am not so sure they are wrong. The smokers have had 200+ years to smoke freely, without thought or consideration of others. When going clubing the first thing I did when home was take a shower and wash my hair for the 3rd time, I can't imagine sleeping or waking up to that stench, it was bad enought when you were at the club, and the cloths went directly to the washer.

8/22/2005 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one problem Libertarians can't seem to fully tackle, in my view - one Man's Property Rights may be another's Nuisance.

8/23/2005 10:16:00 AM  
Blogger Cody Willard said...

Not that I'm a libertarian -- but I'm trying to recall who was putting a gun to my head making me go to those smokey, smelly bars and clubs?

Nobody, that's who. It's called free will, and if I used to make the choice to stink and enhale poison on occasion as a trade off for hanging out in cool (and not so cool) spots in NYC.

Want a smoke free environment -- stay home or start your own bar!

8/23/2005 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your right your right nobody put a gun to my head when you could smoke in restaurants, bars,and airplanes even though I might of lost my job if i did not take that business trip or lunch with a client, I just endured those smelly places, oh well your right, and wasn't it the people who worked in the restaurants, bars,and airlines who made the complaints about their health? Your right though, and second hand smoke dosn't kill especially children your right nobody puts guns to their heads I hope. All one can ask is for people to be considerate of others. My friends who smoke go outside. I don't think a ban is fair, the goverment should keep their asses out of it . It is the people's choice, smokers and non smokers should be courteous to everone, do the right thing. The magic word for me is RESPECT. We will always have those people who smoke and litter and will not care about anything but THEM. In Ca. the ban worked for awhile it still works for the most part they got around it by having less than 5 employees you always have those hard ass smokers who refuse to give up their smoking rights, come on it is their bar, so fuck the rest of us. So the 4 employees suffer weather they want to or not, I guess they can quit their job that's their choice, that is not a fair choice for me, so tell me is that fair? Your right it must be fair. everybody has a right to choose and that right is for both sides, so do something right today, go hike to Mt Everest and have that smoke will ya

8/23/2005 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious to understand how so-called capitalists are against the smoking ban. I mean, if nonsmoking bars were in such high demand, how is it that market forces didn't create nonsmoking bars years ago without government intervention? After all, if all nonsmokers wanted their own nonsmoking bars, how is it that no one thought to start one and make huge profits?

8/25/2005 07:57:00 PM  
Blogger Cody Willard said...

Anon -- you're answering your own question. As a believer in capitalism, I think it's wrong when the govt comes into a bar, puts a gun to the owner's head and says, "Either make your customers go outside to smoke, or we will fine you." The owner says, "No. I own this place." And if he continually refuses to succumb to their intrusive law, they eventually pull out guns and take him to prison by the threat of violence.

So I'm against the smoking ban as enforced by the govt. Like I said, I'm glad I don't stink when I get home from a night out anymore, but it sucks that it took the govt violence and a destruction of the Constitution to get the smoke out of my hair.

8/26/2005 07:39:00 AM  

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