posted on Oct, 15 2005 @ 07:13 PM
Originally posted by sminkeypinkey
The problem there is with staff, why should they be subected to others' smoke?
There's no law stating that someone must work in a bar. There's plenty of other jobs they could have. And aside from that, virtually every
bartender I've ever met smoked themselves. I know there's plenty of non-smokers, but that's just my experience.
I do not accept the civil liberties arguement in relation to everyone else's right to clean air (and that is an issue not just confined to cig smoke
If you wish to smoke in the privacy of your own spaces (home, car, your own private office) fine but I don't see why my rights to a smoke free
athmosphere should come second to a smokers addiction and inability to go without when in the company of others.
My main argument is this: if I want to allow smoking in a bar I own, and you don't like it, there's no reason you have to go there. If you feel
that strongly about it, open up your own non-smoking establishment. But if I and my customers want to smoke in the bar that I've put my time and
money in getting started, then that should
be up to us.
As long as I give you fair enough warning that the establishment you're about to walk into is hazardous to your health, then you have every
opportunity to go to the next bar. And if someone is so worried about their health that they're trying to force everyone around them to put their
smokes out, then what are you going in a bar anyways? Alcohol is just as dangerous, and is more of a public nuisance than smoking--you can see and
walk around a smoker, but in what way does a car with a drunk driver behind the wheel look any different from a car with a sober person?
My complaint is the right of the business owner to decide how they want to run their business. That's it. If the customers don't like the way the
business is run or the atmosphere there, they don't have to patronize it, simple as that.