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  • #31
    Re: New Smoking Policy

    Originally posted by samayra View Post
    First off, this information wasn't orginally in your post, you edited it.
    Yes, that's why I typed (in caps even) EDIT and EDIT 2. It's a small yet subtle hint that I did indeed edit my post to add amplifying information.
    Originally posted by samayra View Post
    To be honest that doesnt even matter and neither do the statistics. Why? Where do statistics come from? Well mostly questionaires. Did you know that a garbology study done @ Arizona State questioned people about their drinking habits and then studied their trash found that most lied on their questionaire about how much they drink. With that in mind do you still trust statistics?
    One "garbology" study (without citation) is not going to change my mind. I made a simple statement (with citation) that there was empirical data to back up the "generalization" and "stereotype" (which generally exist for a reason).

    However, this has now derailed us from the original topic so I will type no further about clean-living in Utah and return it to the smokers debate.
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    • #32
      Re: New Smoking Policy

      Originally posted by samayra View Post
      Let me get this straight non-smokers should be denied the experience of DefCon because they don't smoke?
      that's not what we're saying at all. Non-Smokers shouldn't be denied any experience because they don't smoke. in fact, non-smokers are never denied any experience (except maybe lung cancer and it's a rare person who is upset about not being on that boat)

      If there were clouds of smoke coming from every room of defcon, you still wouldn't be denied anything, any more than someone who dislikes electronic music or vinyl pants is "denied" attending defcon because those things are there in large quantities, as well.

      You, like all other non-smokers (myself included) have to make a choice as to what is important to you and what isn't. in my life, i have decided that friends and good times are more important than how my hair or clothes smell for one evening. hence, i go out to bars or parties and attend defcon amid the many smokers which are all those places.

      clearly, smoke in the air is enough to deter you from going places. you aren't denied the pleasures of something like defcon, however... you are self-selecting and choosing to not come.

      Originally posted by samayra View Post
      So, if it was turned around you would be ok with not attending DefCon because you smoke?
      that doesn't apply at all, because no one is ever denied defcon for any reason (short of being under 21 in an alcohol-related party)

      Originally posted by samayra View Post
      you cannot have two opposing views living happily (atleast not in this case) beside each other.
      there aren't two views... there is one view: people have the right to do whatever they please as long as they are not directlyaffecting the well-being or rights of anyone else. being near a smoker, i'm sorry to say does not affect your health or impact your rights. you may not enjoy it, but it's not killing you. (not at that concentration)

      Originally posted by samayra View Post
      Whose rights should be trampled and why? Aren't you essentially saying that by arguing smoking should be allowed that it is ok to trample somebody's rights as long as their not yours?
      again, you do not have the "right" to not be annoyed. people have the right to do whatever they damn well please to themselves (this includes smoking) but they do not have the right to force any behavior upon others.

      so, Chris has the right to smoke, but not the right to stick a lit Marlboro between your lips. you have the right to not hang out around him if his choices bother you... and he has the same right and (i might guess) would likely not hang out around you.

      in a free country, you have the right to not be harassed, you don't have the right to not be annoyed.
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      • #33
        Re: New Smoking Policy

        I feel like I'm being trolled, but my fingers ... won't ... stop ... typing.

        Originally posted by samayra View Post
        Why is that everybody assumes that people from Utah are different in some way from other states?
        Maybe because you have to be a "private club" (including sponsorship) to serve anything stronger than 3.2% alcohol?

        Because you have a law against Double Jack and Coke?

        Because leaning against a building is actively prosecuted as loitering?

        Because the last time I drove through there chewing gum was essentially non-existant in towns (not a law, but still weird).

        Because you guys proposed (and, I believe, passed) a law that states schools can't teach safe sex with respect to sodomy?

        But mostly because you guys put up with it.

        Originally posted by samayra
        Let me get this straight non-smokers should be denied the experience of DefCon because they don't smoke? So, if it was turned around you would be ok with not attending DefCon because you smoke?
        If you don't see the difference, then you aren't doing much to improve the image of your state. Fortunately, Deviant Ollam has done a good job of pointing out the error in your logic.

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        • #34
          Re: New Smoking Policy

          First:

          Originally Posted by samayra View Post
          Why is that everybody assumes that people from Utah are different in some way from other states?
          Guilty by association that's why, it's natural, been happening for years, don't get offended. I thought the same thing before, till i met some pretty hard core kick ass punks from Utah. Plus a few other regular defcon folk to prove that utah isnt the blind drink the kool-aid society everyone thinks it is.

          People tend to believe Mormans rule the land down there as if it is the found holy land and are buying up all the corporations like coca cola and blockbuster...they see "progressive" changes in the % of alcohol in beer and notice that you have "a law that states schools can't teach safe sex with respect to sodomy?" They fear it may drift on over to their "holy land" (Even though a lot of states still wont discuss anything other than abstinence and sex in the missionary position, with very little regard to contraception) and because everyone likes to pick on Utah.

          Originally posted by samayra View Post
          You guys didn't even answer my question? Whose rights should be trampled and why? Aren't you essentially saying that by arguing smoking should be allowed that it is ok to trample somebody's rights as long as their not yours?
          Here's the thing, I've accepted my own opinion/observation that it is now impossible for our society to turn the other cheek, walk away, or settle differences on our own. It seems that instead of addressing the problem we have run to mommy and daddy one too many times and now we are no longer trusted to make decisions for ourselves. The American Public is acting like and being treated like a bunch of toddlers who will subscribe to almost anything the babysitter tells us. I've accepted this fact, I play by the rules, therefore I no longer get outraged like i did in my "youth".

          Who's "rights" do i think should be trampled on...well Smokers, if you are going to put it that way. I am a smoker and I can accept the fact that, (although it's addicting as heroin) I choose to smoke. I am also a minority. The person sitting next to me on a plane, bus, dinner table, conference room, did NOT choose to smoke. We BOTH equally have "RIGHTS" to sit at the same table. A non smokers admission to the movie theatre is no less valid than the smokers. I am choosing to add another element into the equation, smoke.
          Deviant said-
          people have the right to do whatever they please as long as they are not directlyaffecting the well-being or rights of anyone else. being near a smoker, i'm sorry to say does not affect your health or impact your rights. you may not enjoy it, but it's not killing you. (not at that concentration)
          Agreed.

          Do I believe 2nd hand smoke will kill you? No. Does it make it uncomfortable and hard to breathe, does it smell bad, does it leave residue on computers, smoke out the projectors, can it be harmful for an asthmatic or child? Yes. And Just as Deviant said.... i think in most cases it does not affect your health or impact your rights either. However.....

          Do non-smokers have to be insanely demanding and rude, no. Same to be said for smokers. There was a time, when our grandfathers and the rest of society, gave each other the common courtesy to say "Mind if I smoke?" Now, Nary a reach around is given. What happened to that? Why do smokers decide that their need to smoke outweighs the simple decent courtesy of those around you. I'm planning on quiting soon, but Ive always considered those around me, Ive been smoking for almost 15 years. I've always taken into account that in some situations its not appropriate/considerate to smoke, I can either wait or go outside. I was raised with some sense of manners and one additional habit that hasn't yet broken was asking before I make changes the environment that may irritate others.

          This is what I think smokers need to consider. Not saying they have to believe it or do it, but hear out the argument.

          Bob and Alice decided to buy a house together. Bob and Alice pay equal share and both have a right to the house, its contents and the type of atmosphere it provides.

          Alice is sitting in the living watching TV. Bob comes in, rearranges the furniture and opens all the windows.

          Does Bob have a right to rearrange the furniture? Sure, It's his crap too. He is hot, he wanted to cool the place down, he has needs.

          But Now Alice can't hear the TV and she is too cold.
          Does Alice have a right to watch the TV? Sure, She pays the bills too. Now she is uncomfortable, should she leave? There are no other tv's in the house?

          What are the options here? Do we tell bob he never has the right to change the furniture it will be wherever Alice damn well pleases? No obviously, Bob could've asked first. In which case Alice can ask if he could he wait a reasonable amount of time before distracting her from the show. There is no reason bob can't wait for a reasonable time. But Bob is hot, he NEEDS to cool down, So Alice can offer that bob open one window and sit near it to cool down, that shouldn't make the place too cold. Situation solved. This same logic works with smoking, has worked for years. Which is why we created smoking sections. If you don't like the location of where you smoke, you should have been a part of the conversation deciding it. I can't bitch about the smoking within 25ft law, because I was registered in the wrong area. Alice and Bob have MADE their agreement, they have decided that's the way it is in their house. I would be expected to follow those rules if I was in their house. Las Vegas, is someone else's crib, yo. Deal with it.

          I don't understand the insistence that your rights are being trampled on as a smoker? Do you realize we have not been allowed to smoke at the movies for.... I'm guessing the last place in the south stopped in the 70's? No body cried discrimination or injustice then. It is no different watching a presentation at the con than sitting at Imax. We, society as a whole, seems to have changed to the point where we cry rape if the cashier doesn't count our change back to us. We call ourselves changed, progressive, diverse, we are so much more sophisticated than our elders were. My grandfather knew it was rude to fart in the elevator and that there outta be a law against that.

          Like I said, I've been smoking for 15 years, I know I need a smoke roughly every two hours and it takes 5-7 minutes to smoke it. I made my choices, It's not that big of a damn deal to go over here ---> or go outside to do it. You want to really bitch about smokers rights one way or another, how about the right to seek fair and equal assistance from the health care industry. The insurance company will gladly pay to send me to a inpatient clinic for 1 month, food, service, medicine paid (..I think at 90%.) if i was a drug addict or alcoholic. But they wont pay for a single pill, therapy, doctors visit, or smoking cessation course. I cut out 3 paragraphs whining about this, cause this is long enough.

          /rant
          Apologies for length.
          "Haters, gonna hate"

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          • #35
            Re: New Smoking Policy

            there aren't two views... there is one view: people have the right to do whatever they please as long as they are not directlyaffecting the well-being or rights of anyone else. being near a smoker, i'm sorry to say does not affect your health or impact your rights. you may not enjoy it, but it's not killing you. (not at that concentration)
            You mean to tell me that you honestly believe that smoking has adverse side effects? So Lung cancer, emphysema, mount & gum cancer are more prevalent amoung smokers because?????DNA??? In Las Vegas the concentration of smoke can be rather high and has been previous years. Different people react differently to drugs. So, where you might not have problems with it others might. For, instance an asthmatic probably would. It just makes good sense to limit (not prohibit) smoking @ public venues.
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            • #36
              Re: New Smoking Policy

              I'd just like to say i enjoyed discussing this topic and have learned alot. Sorry if I offended anybody (and your probably right about Utah I just dont like sterotypes, they demean everybody whether they may be accurate or not). Mind has not changed about smoking, but i will still attend this year as i have done in past.

              <sarcasm>
              Sure, we should all just "adjust" and not question anything that the government says, as it is all for our own good.
              </sarcasm>

              In case you haven't figured it out, it's "called trampling on your rights." People bitch about the things that are arguably legal such as the NSA doing toll analysis or the TSA taking their nail clippers, but roll over like a whipped dog whenever pseudo health issues are raised. If the Feds ever figure this out, they'll just centralize everything under the CDC.
              I would like to point out however that no matter how much talking (or typing) anybody does in this forum it will make no difference. If you are that upset about the new laws in Las Vegas, why dont you write the Nevada legislature about it. Start a rally, or protest even a petition would do the trick. This is how citizens get heard and affect change. The government doesn't know how you fell unless you tell them. And unfotunately I dont think any of the Nevada legislature reads this forum (and maybe the do).
              You understand, because you understood

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              • #37
                Re: New Smoking Policy

                Originally posted by samayra View Post
                I'd just like to say i enjoyed discussing this topic and have learned alot. Sorry if I offended anybody (and your probably right about Utah I just dont like sterotypes, they demean everybody whether they may be accurate or not). Mind has not changed about smoking, but i will still attend this year as i have done in past.
                I don't think you offended anyone. I just get irritated at non-smokers who are more than happy to see laws pass that limit, restrict or ban smoking because they don't like it. How will those same individuals feel when something they like falls out of favor and starts to be restricited. I am not talking about illegal activities. I am talking about legal activities.

                Lots of deaths are caused each year by drinking alcoholic beverages. Between the ill effects of alcohol on the consumer's body, the drunk drivers, the reduction in judgement that leads to an increased liklihood of criminal and/or violent activity.
                Let's not forget the increase that each of us pays on our insurance because alcoholics that can't afford it need rehab, uninsured people need medical attention to deal with the damage they have done either to themselves or others as a direct or indirect result of drinking.
                Perhaps we should make it illegal to consume alcohol. Oh, wait, we tried that once. Didn't work out so well.

                That's just alcohol. You can pick almost anything that you like and make a case against it, against how an individual's use or enjoyment can cause hardship or in some cases ill health effects or death, to others.

                It is a similar argument, in my opinion, to why Jerry Falwell should have been supporting Larry Flint in the days of their feud. If someone finds Hustler offensive, isn't it just as likely that someone else finds the Bible offensive? Falwell could never see the logic in that....just like it seems non-smokers have a hard time seeing the logic in taking away another person's right to use a completely legal product in exactly the way it was intended to be used might somehow be fucked up just because they don't like it.
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                • #38
                  Re: New Smoking Policy

                  Originally posted by samayra View Post
                  I would like to point out however that no matter how much talking (or typing) anybody does in this forum it will make no difference. If you are that upset about the new laws in Las Vegas, why dont you write the Nevada legislature about it. Start a rally, or protest even a petition would do the trick. This is how citizens get heard and affect change. The government doesn't know how you fell unless you tell them. And unfotunately I dont think any of the Nevada legislature reads this forum (and maybe the do).
                  If I ever move to NV, maybe I shall take it up with the the legislature there, but right now I have enough time taken up dealing with the morons in my home state's legislature.

                  I truly see this as a rights issue, and it send a chill down my spine that people buy into this so completely, and are willing to make others second class citizens for any reason, never mind that which is based on questionable data.

                  Just for the record, I gave up smoking some years ago. It was done or economic reasons, not because I was scared by the fear mongering. When I was spending more on the taxes than I was for the product it was nothing short of ridiculous.

                  Also, all that stuff about "more addictive than heroin" is bunk. One merely quits.
                  Thorn
                  "If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning." - Catherine Aird

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                  • #39
                    Re: New Smoking Policy

                    Originally posted by Thorn View Post

                    Also, all that stuff about "more addictive than heroin" is bunk. One merely quits.
                    Some people work differently. One brain is different from another. The way nicotine works and the way your body reacts is different for every person. Hormones, chemicals, Diet, exercise, lifestyle and support all play factors into how successful someone is at quitting.Some people can smoke for 20 years and just quit. Some people have addictive personalities and it is difficult, they need help. Some people never quit at all because to them, they just can't.

                    Second class citizens? If you apply that logic that would mean that I, the smoker as the minority, should received preferential treatment as a first class citizen, and that smokers feel they deserve to smoke whenever and wherever the hell they want. W00t! Smokers Affirmative Action, here I come.
                    ..
                    Originally posted by chris
                    just like it seems non-smokers have a hard time seeing the logic in taking away another person's right to use a completely legal product in exactly the way it was intended to be used might somehow be fucked up just because they don't like it.
                    No one is stopping you from smoking, some people cant seem to read the sign "Non-smoking" and not crap themselves with fury. NO ONE is" taking away another person's right to use a completely legal product in exactly the way it was intended to be used", SMOKED. You smoke the cigarette, it's not like the government came down and said all smoking is hereby disallowed unless being consumed rectally on the third week of march in a 2x2 square with no less than 8 medical professionals bearing witness... The request to move us over into another area or if not able, god forbid outside, is not unreasonable to me. 13 hour flights to Europe and no place to go smoke is. They could make ONE of those bathrooms smoking with little tiny super vents....
                    "Haters, gonna hate"

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                    • #40
                      Re: New Smoking Policy

                      Originally posted by Nikita View Post
                      Some people work differently. One brain is different from another. The way nicotine works and the way your body reacts is different for every person. Hormones, chemicals, Diet, exercise, lifestyle and support all play factors into how successful someone is at quitting.Some people can smoke for 20 years and just quit. Some people have addictive personalities and it is difficult, they need help. Some people never quit at all because to them, they just can't.

                      Second class citizens? If you apply that logic that would mean that I, the smoker as the minority, should received preferential treatment as a first class citizen, and that smokers feel they deserve to smoke whenever and wherever the hell they want. W00t! Smokers Affirmative Action, here I come.
                      ..

                      No one is stopping you from smoking, some people cant seem to read the sign "Non-smoking" and not crap themselves with fury. NO ONE is" taking away another person's right to use a completely legal product in exactly the way it was intended to be used", SMOKED. You smoke the cigarette, it's not like the government came down and said all smoking is hereby disallowed unless being consumed rectally on the third week of march in a 2x2 square with no less than 8 medical professionals bearing witness... The request to move us over into another area or if not able, god forbid outside, is not unreasonable to me. 13 hour flights to Europe and no place to go smoke is. They could make ONE of those bathrooms smoking with little tiny super vents....

                      Well....you have some valid points...but not all. You see, I happen to live in Maryland. Home of Montgomery County Maryland. Home of the "If you smoke in your own house with the windows open and a neighbor smells it and calls the cops you can be ticketed and fined" law. So, yeah, these laws do, indeed, lead to people not being allowed to use a legal product in their own home exactly as it was intended.

                      Is the NV law as extreme as the Montgomery County, Maryland law? Not yet. Give it time. Of course, since you live in Washington state, home of this little gem: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...nokids06m.html I can see why you might be willing to lay down and take it.
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                      • #41
                        Re: New Smoking Policy

                        Originally posted by astcell
                        then when they outlaw what I love, who will come fight with me?
                        Is that the thing that you love that you aren't allowed to do in public or another one? ]:>

                        An idea in law in the US is for humans to have rights to freedom in action and speech so long as it does not tread on the rights of other people.

                        Are there health risks associated with cigarette smoke as second hand smoke? Do we have evidence of this? Are all people involved at a location with smokers consenting adults? Can an adult consent to being "damaged" or "harmed" by another human, or by their own action?

                        This last question is the one that seems to be the sticking point. Is it acceptable for laws to be created and enforced, which limit humans rights in order to protect people from themselves? (I'm not going to answer this as that would be political.)

                        We have speed limits to protect people from themselves and each other, but driving is not a right. We also have laws about DUI, and seat belts in some places but again, driving or riding are not rights, so let's remove moving violations from the scope of this post.

                        Let us consider freedom by choice of action:

                        Let's look at foods high in fat, cholesterol, calories, and things like high fructose coorn syrup. Super-sized meals, famly sizes, mega-drinks, soda.

                        People may choose to buy these kinds of food, and also choose how much to buy and how much to eat. There are presently no age requirements to be met in order to purchase foods, like there are for tobacco and alcohol.

                        How does obesity tread on human rights of non-obese people?

                        Public funds may be spent on research, and medical care or prescriptions for people suffering from any of the diseases associated with obesity. Resources spent on people for self-inflicted damage as a result of their own choices in life are resources NOT spent on research to cure diseases or illnesses which are genetic or contagious.

                        Obese people may take up more than one seat on a bus, and on planes. When they are on planes, some airlines with charge for each seat. When the obese are in those carts, they may take up more than 2 seats on busses and planes.

                        Now compare this to the issue of smoking. How is smoking similar to overeating? Both are choices, and are used by humans to make themselves feel better, at the cost of potentially damaging them over time. Alcohol is also in this group, and laws were created to prohibit consumption of it as well.

                        This is not meant to be a FUD and slippery slope, but the following will appear to be just that:

                        If laws are made to restrict smoking to only take place in certain places, and away from bars, casinos, and places to eat, what is next? Could laws be created to make smoking illegal? What would happen to all of the taxes that are levied against smokers?

                        City governments have started working their way into foods too. Perhaps you have heard about the bans of trans fats in resteraunts. Anti-smoking groups started in a similar way, with "no-smoking" sections on airplanes. Now there is no-smoking at all on domestic flights.

                        This is not a slippery slope, since I acknowledge that there is no guarantee for the government to get involved in food as they have been involved with tobacco and alcohol. FUD still exists to a small degree, but the fear is only of an unknown future.

                        HOWEVER, the groundwork is being built to make it easier, as the same arguments used against smoking can be slightly modified to create laws banning certain foods, or ingredients.

                        What is the future? As I see it, more laws will be created to further restrict and limit smoking. As a result, people will eventually be forced to stop smoking, at such levels as to cause a huge drop in smoking. However, this will also mean that the government will lose revenue as a result of tobacco companies losing revenue (customers.)

                        Some states have even passed laws to tax foods, if they were prepared. When I was in California and visited a Sandwich shop called, "Subway," I found they tax hot sandwiches, but not cold sandwiches.

                        Where will the government look to replace the lost revenues present found in the purchase of tobacco? Food. A "Fat Tax." Buy a triple whopper with triple cheese, and pay a fat tax. Super-size that drink those fries and that sandwich, and pay a fat tax. If you order dessert, then pay a fat tax. Even large food chains are yeilding to city laws on trans fats. This tax market is obese and ready for liposuction to pull green fat out of your wallets.

                        Will it happen like this? The only people that know for sure are Chris and Noid. They will only tell people the future if they think they are worthy. If they say they don't know what you are talking about, then they just don't think you are worthy.

                        When a human encounters an environment that is not comfortable, do they choose to change the environment (pass laws restricting behavior), or change themselves (decide to move to a new location or ",adapt," neither, or both? Perhaps it is a matter of laziness, as it is easier to ask others to change, than it is for an individual to change themself.
                        Last edited by TheCotMan; February 18, 2007, 19:44.

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                        • #42
                          Re: New Smoking Policy

                          Originally posted by Nikita View Post
                          Some people work differently. One brain is different from another. The way nicotine works and the way your body reacts is different for every person. Hormones, chemicals, Diet, exercise, lifestyle and support all play factors into how successful someone is at quitting.Some people can smoke for 20 years and just quit. Some people have addictive personalities and it is difficult, they need help. Some people never quit at all because to them, they just can't. ...
                          I've never bought the "I can't stop taking, it's an addictive substance, and because of that I can't quit." It's a lowly excuse not to quit. It doesn't matter if it's heroin, cigarettes, booze, sex, or rock'n'roll. If you want to continue, you do it. If you want to stop, you stop. Period. Anything in between is excuses and whining.
                          Thorn
                          "If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning." - Catherine Aird

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                          • #43
                            Re: New Smoking Policy

                            I see the word 'rights' flying around shamelessly. The right to smoke. The right not to smoke. The right to non-smoke filled air. The right to stick your thumb up your ass. People like to attribute any quantifiable action and situation into a right. A fundamental deserved quality that belongs to you purely by means of existing. Fuck you and your shallow perception of truth.

                            If 'rights' are precedented by the ability to engage in an activity that is deemed legal by the government and supported by many of its citizens.. in the context of 'freedom' the 'right to clean air' argument gets kicked twice in the balls and once in the forehead.


                            I realize this is a hot topic and am keeping the thread open until further signs of decay show face.
                            if it gets me nowhere, I'll go there proud; and I'm gonna go there free.

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                            • #44
                              Re: New Smoking Policy

                              Originally posted by converge View Post
                              I see the word 'rights' flying around shamelessly. The right to smoke. The right not to smoke. The right to non-smoke filled air. The right to stick your thumb up your ass. People like to attribute any quantifiable action and situation into a right. A fundamental deserved quality that belongs to you purely by means of existing. Fuck you and your shallow perception of truth.

                              If 'rights' are precedented by the ability to engage in an activity that is deemed legal by the government and supported by many of its citizens.. in the context of 'freedom' the 'right to clean air' argument gets kicked twice in the balls and once in the forehead.


                              I realize this is a hot topic and am keeping the thread open until further signs of decay show face.
                              I don't really think smoking is a right. I guess you could make a flimsy case that I express myself through smoking, and therefore have a right to express myself that way...but that's pushing it. I think it would be better to think of smoking (drinking alcohol, eating 'unhealthy' foods, etc) as freedoms.

                              I am constantly amazed at how people are willing to give up freedoms in America if they don't personally exercise them. We start by taking freedoms from people in the name of 'safety' or 'security' but then we move on to restrict the freedoms of other's that we don't like such as smoking or over eating.

                              If you continue to allow people who do something you don't personally like to have their freedoms restricted or taken away, how long do you really think it will be before you have something you like restricted or deemed unsafe.
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                              • #45
                                Re: New Smoking Policy

                                Originally posted by TheCotMan View Post
                                An idea in law in the US is for humans to have rights to freedom in action and speech so long as it does not tread on the rights of other people.
                                Your right to throw your fist ends where my nose begins.

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