ThirtyWhat weighs in on the smoking ban debate and gets to the simple root of the problem:
So I'm conflicted. The liberal in me screams that I don't have the right to tell you not to smoke in a bar ... or a bowling alley ... or anywhere else for that matter.Look, I really, really don’t give a fuck if anyone smokes. Well, I am sorry they’re hurting themselves but that’s none of my business. It’s the fact that you can’t contain the hurtful substance that makes this not just your business, but mine too.
But the realist in me knows that your smoking doesn't just affect you. In an enclosed building, the cigarette smoke saturates the air ... and that air gets harder and harder to breath over time.
Yelling “Freedom!” does not change this. I would love to have the “freedom” to race down the road at any speed I want and not be bothered with traffic signals. The problem arises when my “freedom” to speed and move unencumbered through intersections collides, literally, with your “freedom” to do the same. Yes, I’m inconvenienced when sitting at a red light but our society as a whole is better off for it.
And, as long as we are waving our freedom flags, where’s my freedom to go where I want to without breathing someone else’s smoke and stinking like and ashtray. Again, sometimes various freedoms are incompatible. My not smoking does not, in and of itself, take anything away from a smoker. A smoker while smoking DOES remove relatively clean air from me.