G1223, on Apr 28 2004, 12:15 PM, said:
But Sid the car will continue to push out carbon monoxide in doses higher than Bob the smoker will on the same street corner. IC engine will alwys be that way yet these "A person has smoked in this room in the last 5 years. I demand a smoke free enviroment" never seem to be screaming about bus that goes by pitching out it's cloud of smoke.
Oh, I complain about car smoke all the time. No one is saying that it's not a problem. The difference is that no one is going anywhere without the smoke coming out of the tailpipe. I don't need to suck in cigarette smoke to do anything at all, except perhaps to help shorten my lifespan or activate an asthma attack.
Further, cigarette smoke tends to localize near people and in areas crowded with people. Unless you're in a traffic jam, auto pollution is dispersed. People, however, frequently smoke in closed areas and in groups. I'll get more smoke in my lungs from someone sitting near me on the beach than I would from driving on the highway in my nice closed air-conditioned car with the person in front of me a comfortable few car lengths away from me.
The point you are missing is that people would demand a completely smoke free environment if they could get away with it. I certainly would. However, that's not possible when it comes to cars and factories, not yet anyway. And there *are* regulations even for that stuff. Either way, that's still not a reason to allow myself to be poisoned by someone who wants to pollute the air in my general area for their own mere recreation. Just because we can't avoid one particular evil doesn't mean that we should be forced to allow all the rest of them.