Originally posted by teacha:
I agree. I can think of vices that cause far worse problems, particularly social problems, than smoking. ........I just find it a bit hypocritical when most people would get very obnoxious if THEIR particular vice was banned
Of course there are far more serious social issues than smoking but smoking, followed closely by obesity, is the number 1 public health threat to our nation's health. The number 1 preventable cause of early death is smoking. Smoking causes not only smokers to be ill but it causes unborn babies, children, and non smokers to be ill. It is the #1 cause of lung cancer, which is the number 1 cancer killer. It also caused mouth and throat, sinus, bladder, esophageal, and kidney cancer. It is implicated in many other cancers. Babies exposed to prenatal cigarette toxins in the blood stream have smaller birth weights, higher risk of prematurity, higher risk of placenta abruption. Babies forced to breath smoke after birth have a higher rate of SIDS, ear infections, colic, respiratory infections, pneumonias, and asthma. There are NO good health effects from smoking and anyone who denies this is lying to themselves.
The other vices you list do NOT cause bad health to happen to those who do not engage in the vice, with the exception of drinking. Drinking and driving is a health danger to all. It is also against the law if your blood alcohol is 0.8 or higher. Not that that stops anyone. Anyone driving in Tomahawk, day or night, is at risk from drunk drivers, same in many other places.Drunk drivers deserve to be shipped to Siberia as far as I am concerned.
Compulsive gambling does cause major socual problems. Frankly, we need less casinos, not more.
I don't smoke, drink, use any illegal substances but I do drink Coca Cola. My consumption has no ill effects on anyone else and if they banned public consumption I'd have no problem with it.
I could care less if smokers smoke in the privacy of their own home IF there are no children present and the non smokers do not care. But NO ONE, not the Pope, not the President, NO ONE, has the right to make others breath second hand smoke. What is so fricking hard to understand, it's a health issue. 20% of the population does NOT have the right to inflict sickness causing smoke on 80% of the population. If businesses had been responsible all along there'd be no need to ban smoking. Restaurants would have totally separate eating areas with adequate ventilation. 80% of the space for the non-smokers, 20% for those who smoke. If all smokers were considerate, as some in fact are, we wouldn't be having these conversations.
If you are smoking around me you better be on fire. And if you are pregnant and smoking you do not even want me to see you. That is child abuse.