Ah, but heres the 'kicker' to the whole story, and one I've not seen in the main news outlets about as yet.
A lot of places near where I live have not just banned smoking on their premisses, but also the land they own. So in cases such as very large malls
(or shopping centers for us english) such as the metro center, they are also talking about banning a person smoking in THEIR OWN CAR if on their land.
Now to me a car is like a small embassy for my house. I own it, I clean it so I can do anything in it as long as its not ilegal.
So far I'm seeing a lot of places going completely overboard due to this law and enforcing it in ways it was never meant to. Banning smoking outside
in the open air wasn't the idea. Yet some companies are enforcing this as if it was a FACT in this law.
I have no problem in many ways with a smoking ban, just because I wish to smoke doesn't mean others should have to 'put up with it'. However to
ban the oppotunity for private clubs to be smoking freindly is a bit harsh. That way if someone wanted to join a clucb where smoking was allowed they
would be warned WELL in advance.
I see this in many ways as a doube standard by the british goverment. Firstly as Mr Bair our now EX prime minister, only stopped smoking an hour
before he married his wife lol. Secondly it is seen as socially acceptable now (to a point) to take drugs such as coc aine and smoke some more
In letters columns of newspapers the last few days I've noticed quite a few people chanting 'lets ban drinking next! it does even more harm!'
I do not wish to live in a nanny state that makes decisions for me, or holds my hand and tut tuts if they perceive I do something they dont like. If
I want to bugger up my body in new and intersting ways , thats up to me providing I am willing to foot the cost. Both health wise and finacially.
One extra point is this, lets assume everyone does indeed stop smoking. Where is any goverment going to find a replacement for all the taxes they
would lose? You can bet as sure as god made little apples that its not going to appear from nowhere.
I will not stop smoking just because any goverment 'wishes it' or makes life harder for me. I'll stop when I want to, and at no other time. No
ammount of pressure will change that, and I'm not alone either. I dont apprettiate people using smoking as basically yet another form of
discrimination against me or others. Any sort of discrimination is wrong in my book. Be it racism, sexism or proclaiming all smokers spawn of satan
for having a cig. (When the vast majority of people saying this do things equally as unhealthy themselves.)
My bet is this....in 30 or so years asssuming the vast majority have stopped smoking cigarettes, the lung cancer rate will be only a very small
percentage lower than now. Lets see how they explain that.
Sorry if my view on this offend anyone, but I feel that as a smoker I'm allowed my say without fear of being verbally abused for it.