November 08, 2005

What's next, outlawing alcohol?

It must be “tell me how to live my life” day. First over at Technicalities we have a fisking of a campaign to keep people from eating hamburgers. Then I find this article about how Washington State is trying to pass the most stringent anti-smoking ban in the US.

How stringent is this ban? Check this out:

“Initiative 901 would ban smoking in bars, restaurants and other indoor public sites and workplaces throughout Washington. It also would prohibit smoking within 25 feet of doors, windows or air vents of public places."

***Emphasis mine

It’s bad enough you want to take smoking away in bars… but to make these poor people exercise walk what could end up being blocks in a city is just mean!

25 Feet from a door, window or air vent?!?!?! WTF? Maybe you don’t smoke, but maybe you have a friend who does. You all go out for a night on the town. After a couple of drinks, your friend decides he wants a cigarette. Wait… He can’t smoke in here because of the law. They head outside, only to be reminded they can’t just stand outside the door. They have to be 25 feet away from doors, windows (open I’m assuming or it makes this scenario even worse) or air vents. Now your friend goes walking looking for somewhere to grab a cigarette. Everywhere he turns, there is a door, window or air vent. After thirty minutes, he gets irritated and lights up anyway, only to get a fine/ticket/arrested for smoking. Hopefully by now you are wondering where the hell your friend is and go to find him. Both of you end up losing a good hour out of your night because of this BS.

Maybe you’re a non-smoker and your saying: “Contagion, he should just quit smoking. This will help motivate him to quit.” To which I respond, “Why don’t you get off your high horse and quit thinking your better then other people.” Why should he have to quit? He likes smoking, he knows the risk, (Hell since the 80’s everyone knows smoking is bad for you.) why should he have to quit? Because you don’t like second hand smoke… Ahhh, well now I understand. Since you can’t stay the hell out of a bar or restaurant that allows smokers, the smokers should be punished. Got it… dumbass.

Okay, I’m a smoker. I know it’s bad for me, I know it is slowly killing me. I don’t care. It’s my choice. Maybe I want to drink, eat red meat, smoke and die a slow happy death. I know the risks and I’m a big boy, let me make the decision for myself. When other people try to take away peoples ability to smoke, it makes me want to smoke even more… Just because I know it pisses someone off!

Hey, I’m afraid every time a loved one or I gets behind the wheel of a car they will be in a horrible maiming accident caused my a reckless driver. Maybe I should lobby to have cars outlawed since I’m worried someone might hurt my family or me. I can disguise it as a bill to help the environment and promote safety. Okay, I’m going to extremes, but I rank both scenarios as being on the same page.

I always felt it should be up to the individual business to determine if they allow smoking or not. It should not be the government dictating to the business not to allow people to smoke there. If Joe’s bar doesn’t allow smoking, then I don’t go there, I’ll go to John’s bar that allows it. For people that don’t smoke, they can go to Joe’s bar. If a non-smoker wants to hang out with the smoker, one will have to compromise.

Posted as part of Breakfast.

Posted by Contagion in Rants and Raves at November 8, 2005 07:47 PM | TrackBack

I absolutly agree. They are treating smokers like lepers, and it is pissing me off. Bars are not healthy places, and a non smoker should take that into consideration when deciding to go there for entertainment. It is a choice to make, but big kids should be fully prepared to deal with the conditions there. Lepers we are. Another thing that has always ticked me off...liquor licenses.

Posted by: Sarah at November 8, 2005 06:14 PM

Thanks - now add high blood pressure to my list of woes. DAMN - PEOPLE just PISS me off!!!!

Posted by: Tammi at November 8, 2005 06:23 PM

This pisses me off. I do not smoke, but give me a break. What's next? Chocolate?

Posted by: vw bug at November 8, 2005 07:05 PM

This is what I think of people smoking near me:

But I'd NEVER use the government to enforce such crap. There is no evidence that second hand smoke is actually bad for you -- just annoying to people who don't like it.

Posted by: Ogre at November 9, 2005 08:00 AM

Yep, socialism, it is starting people!

Posted by: oddybobo at November 9, 2005 08:36 AM

I live in WA, and this initiative passing just irritates the crap outa me. I don't smoke any more (quit 20 years ago), but I know a LOT of non- or ex-smokers who voted against 901 with me. If someone wants to declare Smoking against the law, as a drug or whatever, that's one thing. But to declare that any business MUST deny its patrons the right to do what is totally legal, is just stoopid.

Posted by: Barb at November 9, 2005 10:49 AM

Yeah, let's outlaw everything that *annoys* us, like fat folks in speedos, blairing bass-laden music at stop lights, packs of free range chihuahuas, and whiny friggin' liberals!

Posted by: Wes at November 9, 2005 03:29 PM

Don't you know that "they" know what's best for you??? .... the b@st@rds!

Posted by: Teresa at November 9, 2005 08:27 PM