G1223, on Feb 15 2006, 06:24 PM, said:
I have my own medical issues but I do not let them keep me from going where I want to go. Nor do I try to place limits on what others do as long as it's legal.
So if a large number of people were actively doing something that not only aggravates your own condition but has reams of backing evidence that it is actively hurting everyone around it, you are fine with that?
Well touche G, i'm not that tolerant where others damaging my health are concerned.
Then maybe we could ban eating fatty food they are bad for us. Then maybe drinking coffee and soda due to caffine and then anything but pure clean water. Yes we must make the word safe so we dare not get hurt by life as it happens.
New verse, same as before.
Fatty foods and soda and coffee only affect you. They do not affect everyone around you.
And in fact, if drinking alcohol you are prohibited from driving because you become a danger to others. So precedents exist all over the world for the goverment telling you it's not okay to do things that specifically put others at risk.
kdalton_69, on Feb 15 2006, 06:33 PM, said:
That being said, secondhand smoke is a proven cause of disease and death in nonsmokers. There are over 100 peer-reviewed, scientifically valid studies proving it. The jury isn't still out, as the industry claims.
Thank you. The very tired persecution complex of the tobacco industry and the out-right lies they spread are an ongoing concern.
Themis, on Feb 15 2006, 06:35 PM, said:
Except HOSPITALS??? Residential care homes?? Two places where health concerns ought to override everything else and where smoking should be banned in the first place??
Just because they are officially exempt from the ban doesn't mean they can't enact their own anti-smoking rules. Every hospital i've been to in the UK is a no-smoking zone, and that's not likely to change.
Oh that this trend would extend to France and Greece - especially Greece, where I can usually only eat outdoors due to the smoke in the restaurants!
Been a while since I went to Greece, but Thessaloniki and Porto Carras were always very good about having a large selection of non-smoking bars and restaurants.