I think he was ment to have said non-smokers who are married to smokers!!Studies of non-smokers who are married to non-smokers show considerably higher rates of heart disease, respiratory problems and a whole smorgasbord of cancers. I’m sorry, but they just do.
We are, of course, allowed to smoke. We are just restricted as to where. Further, smokers can fight new regulations and laws all we want. All we have to do is organize enough voters to have an impact. Lotsa luck with that!If we as adults wish to smoke we should be able to.
Organizing smokers into a cohesive voting bloc with sufficient monies for the requisite ads, staff salaries, phones, political donations, etc., when smokers come from all different political viewpoints, is an impossible chore. There is a reason political discussions are not permitted on the various fora. One would have to find one hell of a lot of "single issue" voters as the abortion crowd did. Of course they turned the issue into one about a "woman's right to choose." So, perhaps smokers could turn the issue into a "person's right to choose"... smoking? That dawg won't hunt!I agree with the ban, but feel any further atemt (sic) to ban smoking should be fought against.
Leaving it up to the business owner is a thought. In some areas of the country though, the owner would have to have the various unions agree that he could hire only from a list of members who wish to work in a smoking establishment and, not simply from the top of the list. Labor unions are not going to force members to take employment in what is now viewed and unhealthy environment.I think it should be up to the business-owner. Doesn't seem unreasonable.
Perhaps even a simple plurality will suffice in many cases. Good observations. Part of that "responsibility" thing is to have people realize who holds the power, and in a democracy, it is the voters, so we have no one to blame but ourselves (and we will blame each other).Voters have short memories, even shorter attention spans, and many are quite gullible, sell their votes cheaply, as well as being "single issue," and/or are ill informed. As I've said before, "We get exactly what we vote for." And, remember, it's not what the majority wants, it's what the majority of voters want, excepting presidential elections and other elections where the largest vote attainer, often without 50% is the "winner."
The U.S. can't be far behind when you have stories such as the recent vote by the Denver city council to decriminalize defecating and urinating on public sidewalks.Western Civilization is dying, but the UK and Sweden are rushing for the first place in failure.
Last Saturday was the tenth anniversary of the introduction in England of a ban on smoking in enclosed public workplaces. I had a walk-on part in the drama of the ban: as a clerk on the House of Commons Health Committee, I drafted its report on the Government’s proposed legislation, which made a number of recommendations, largely for a more comprehensive and draconian ban, without the exemptions the Government had intended to enshrine in the law.