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Smoking Ban
Posted 4/24/07
I cannot deny that smoking isn't culturally significant. And I can vouch for the fact that smoking kills you very, very slowly. And smoking is an individual choice, and significant part of many people's daily routine.

But to a society, smoking is extremely irresponsible. The cultural significance of smoking draws in a lot of irresponsible smokers that would light up in a restaurant, around children, ash on the furniture, and make it so that it is almost impossible to go a minute without seeing an improperly disposed cigarette butt in public. The acrid smoke makes almost everyone who isn't accustomed to it tear up, and a single cigarette can effect a room full of people. Employees at a smoking establishment may not smoke, and may have to pay the penalty later for the enjoyment of smokers. When you look at it, a society has nothing to gain from the continuum of smoking. Except money. And that is EXACTLY why it is still legal.
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Posted 4/24/07

n0odle wrote:

^If you don't smoke you need to stfu. Only people that don't smoke complains like lil' girls. No one fucking blows smoke in people's faces.


i didnt mean "directly in my face" jeez, y u gotta b so rude?
Posted 4/24/07
I'm rather glad that Scotland has introduced a public smoking ban. I personally feel it's irresponsible of smokers to go around blowing their stinking nicotine and tar filled smoke at people who have chosen the right option of not smoking. If you want to put your own life at risk, that's fine but don't go shortening the life of those who don't smoke.
Passive smoking is a major killer. Everyone knows well enough what smoking causes and all the cons and so on. I realise that smoking is a pleasure for many people and that's why smoking shouldn't be completely banned, just a public ban.

For those who smoke, if you disagree with such a ban then deal with it. You are the ones who decided to smoke. You are the ones that are maintaining the disgusting tobacco empire. No one shoved a fag in your mouth and told you to smoke it. Any smokers who are against a public ban, or any ban of smoking is plain selfish.
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Posted 4/24/07
most smokers put out their cigarettes if you ask them... most of us are absent minded due to nicotine cravings after all... on the other hand some smokers can be real jerks...
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Posted 4/24/07
I think the main problem here is that people just accept what they are told. I'd like to see a survey that actually proves second hand smoke is damaging. I have seen nothing that convinces me to date.
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Posted 4/24/07
i'm not a smoker but i feel that it's your own choice if you wanna smoke... i can understand banning it inside public buildings.. but outside? that seems a little extreme.. at least outside if someone is really bothered by a smoker they can MOVE AWAY... >_> i don't agree with the smoking ban either..
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Posted 4/24/07
I hate walking down the street and having to hold my breath while walking past certain people. Or when you're waiting in line somewhere and everyone is lighting up. I agree with the smoking ban. There are smoking bars, and smoking sections in other places. I don't think it's right to subject the people around you to your smoke. Esecially in places like parks where there are a lot of little kids around. It is your choice to smoke, but it's not right to give the people around you no choice. Smoking in a different direction only does so much.
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Posted 4/24/07
smokers stink..have yellow teeth, have smelly breath, stink even more..lol...and lastly..annoy me!
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Posted 4/24/07
i think smoking in public places is extremely inconsiderate. it's fair enough if you want to smoke inside your own home, but in public, you're not only killing yourself but the people around you. i don't see why non-smokers should be forced to smoke passively just because people can't wait until they get home.
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I support the ban. If we can make heroine, acid, and PCP illegal why not smoking? It’s bad for your health and just as addictive. We’re not taking peoples freedom to light up away. No, people will still be allowed to smoke in their own homes. However, smoking in public should be illegal. Second hand smoke is even more deadly than first hand.

Also, Noodle, have you ever been a waiter? People blow smoke directly into your face all the time. Not always on purpose, but when you come up behind them to ask “Is everything alright,” they often glance around and spew a puff of their poison at you. Besides that, whenever people smoke too much it doesn’t matter if it’s being blown at your face. It fill the room like a cloud of cancerous death.

Honestly I think Hitler would be enraged! He was a mad man, a lover of death! Hitler would have loved to see the masses inhaling opiates and destroying their lives in slow and agonizing manors. Smoking seems to be stupid to me anyway. Still, it is an individuals right to smoke, and thus I don’t think it would be right to place a 100% smoking ban on any city. However, I think it would be completely fair to pass a law against smoking in public areas.

Also, if you look at it logically and economically, it makes sense. Kind of like the helmet law for motorcyclists. The price of health insurance continuously sky-rockets because of cancer. If we ban smoking then health insurance will go down and more people will be able to afford the medical attention they desperately need.

However, this all being said, I’ve had a good friend die of lung cancer. So, I might be biased. Also, I think drugs should be legal for private use.
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Posted 4/24/07
Ban MCDONALDS aswell
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i guess to back up smokers' rights--of course everyone has been talking about how each individual smoker themselves should do it in the privacy of their own home, but a lot of those people have children of their own. they don't want to jeopardize their own children's lives because of second hand smoke nor give a bad influence. smokers usually know that they shouldn't be smoking... and a lot of them actually want to or have tried to quit. it gets hard because it's an addiction. i'm not saying they think smoking around OTHER children is alright, but if you ask a smoker to stop smoking because it bothers you... 75% of the time, they are considerate enough to account for others' preference. on the other hand, there are many rude smokers as well who don't give a rat's ass about who they're killing. i don't think it's right to group all smokers into one category of being inconsiderate selfish pricks because that's not the majority. i'm not a smoker myself, but i do sympathize with their needs to de-stress and addictive habits.
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Posted 4/24/07

slowdanse wrote:

i guess to back up smokers' rights--of course everyone has been talking about how each individual smoker themselves should do it in the privacy of their own home, but a lot of those people have children of their own. they don't want to jeopardize their own children's lives because of second hand smoke nor give a bad influence.


the smoke is still on them, though, even after they put the cigarette out. it's in your clothes, hair, breath and it is still harmful. if they really wanted to protect their children, they should put their needs first and give it up.
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Posted 4/24/07

insane_killer_bunny wrote:

the smoke is still on them, though, even after they put the cigarette out. it's in your clothes, hair, breath and it is still harmful. if they really wanted to protect their children, they should put their needs first and give it up.


yeah but i guess they're not at that quitting point yet, hm? little by little... they could at least start by not smoking around the house. i see your point though.

[did that make any sense? i worded it kinda funny...]
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slowdanse wrote:

i guess to back up smokers' rights--of course everyone has been talking about how each individual smoker themselves should do it in the privacy of their own home, but a lot of those people have children of their own. they don't want to jeopardize their own children's lives because of second hand smoke nor give a bad influence. smokers usually know that they shouldn't be smoking... and a lot of them actually want to or have tried to quit. it gets hard because it's an addiction. i'm not saying they think smoking around OTHER children is alright, but if you ask a smoker to stop smoking because it bothers you... 75% of the time, they are considerate enough to account for others' preference. on the other hand, there are many rude smokers as well who don't give a rat's ass about who they're killing. i don't think it's right to group all smokers into one category of being inconsiderate selfish pricks because that's not the majority. i'm not a smoker myself, but i do sympathize with their needs to de-stress and addictive habits.



Right. So they should come out in public and jeopardize my children?!
Also..it's stupid to bann Mcdonalds...
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