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A California agency voted on Thursday to classify second-hand tobacco smoke as a "toxic air contaminant," a first-in-the-nation move that could ultimately toughen state regulations against smoking.
The designation by California's Air Resources Board starts a process that could lead to further smoking bans in the nation's largest state, which has often pioneered in health and environmental regulation.
Scientific studies in recent years have warned about the health impact from second-hand smoke and linked it to a wide array of ailments including heart disease, lung cancer and other respiratory ailments, and breast cancer.
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Originally posted by Bob LaoTse
The truly ironic thing about it all, to me, is that it's certain that many of those who are calling for government intervention and cheering it on when it comes, turn around and, with no sense at all of their own hypocrisy, complain bitterly about how the government so horribly violates their rights to do whatever it is that they wish to do.