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Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?
No, because it's a public street. If I don't want to smell the tobacco, I'll move farther up the street. Or wait a little bit, it'll dissipate. Pussies.


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May. 14th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
You have a point. I suppose it depends on how generally polluted the area is, too. Something like a cigarette on a regular day doesn't hang about as much where I tend to run into smokers here than it probably does in more populous cities.

I just don't like the trend of banning things - while I agree that smoking is bad, banning it won't stop people from smoking. How many people in Seattle get caught for breaking that rule, I wonder? What's the penalty, a fine? Fines don't work on most people. Speeding tickets don't stop speeders.

I think something needs to be done at a deeper level, to get people not to stop smoking, but to stop people from starting. I think more effort should be placed there, than spending time and money on laws.

That's just my .02.
May. 15th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
I really really REALLY wish they didn't have to ban ANYTHING. Stupid bans are stupid. I want people to smoke as much and as often as possible, if they're so inclined. It would be unthinkable to ban chocolate or soda consumption in public areas, right?

But the problem is that soda and chocolate don't leap out of other people's mouths and into the stomachs of, say, someone who's diabetic or just plain allergic. So they banned smoking in restaurants around here... which actually, I don't mind, because that means I never have to pay forty bucks for a meal that I can't even taste because as soon as my food came out, the cockhole at the table next to me lit one up and did the cutesy "blowing it back over my shoulder onto the other diners" trick to avoid offending HIS date.

Last month at our apartment somebody threw a cigarette butt into the mulch and caught the mulch, and then the building, on fire. That's a danger to human life that goes above and beyond "old people/sick people/little babies shouldn't be exposed to second hand smoke". But we can't really blame the cigarette for that, can we? We need to blame the douchebag who flipped a lit butt into fresh, dry mulch.

Can we just ban carelessness and enforce consideration? I'd be happy with that, myself.
May. 15th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
I was going to weigh in on this in the normal posts, but seeing as you put your view forward, I'll do the same.
I think with the current attitudes on smoking by non-smokers is 'just give up' is the same attitude folk take on overweight people 'just stop eating so much'. It's ingrained for so long, it's going to take more than an ad campaign to get people to stop. We certainly don't round up all the overweight people and force them to stop eating, so why should we stop people smoking. I understand the health hazards of second hand smoke and what not, but these people have chosen to smoke, and (in all fairness) continue to smoke even though they know the huge risk to their health if they continue to do so.
We all have legs. If you don't like it, don't look and move along, nothing to see here, move along.
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