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May 31, 2012


Think Pandora. Or slippery slope. Or give 'em inch and they'll take a mile.

Based on actuary tables my life is 78.66 percent over. 

During my brief visit to planet earth I've done some dumb things.

Two dumb things I've never done are:

1. Told anyone the specifics of the dumb things I've done and
2. Smoked

I've never used tobacco in any form at any time other than the involuntary inhalation of second hand smoke, most of which was mixed with diesel fumes while riding the city bus to high school in the late '60s and early '70s and, no, I was not a hippie. I was an early member of the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF).

So why would I -- a non-smoker and one who thinks tobacco use is both idiotic and dangerous -- be an opponent of smoking bans?

Besides the obvious reason -- smoking bans impinge on property rights -- smoking bans set the precedence for governments to impose other impositions. 

Let's look to New York City.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has set his sites on banning sugary drinks from restaurants in his fair city. What next? Will he ban corner hot dog stands to save the rest of us for PETA defying protein? Ban carbohydrate-rich food that makes us fat? Starve us from a lack of proteins and carbs?

What other cities will follow New York's example?

The government should get out of the banning business. Allowing government to ban anything is to allow government to ban everything. 

To empower government to ban one's beer can is to empower government to ban one's Bible. 

That's not to say government has no obligation in establishing rules. Those rules, however, should be viewed as a fire in a hearth. As long as the fire is limited, controlled and retained to its proper place, it can be of use. But once it grows beyond its purpose, it consumes us.

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  1. I live in Los Angeles, California and can tell you that since the left first began this crusade against smoking it most certainly did open up the door for them to try anything and everything that they wanted, rights and freedom be damned.

    The morons here in California have another huge tax planned for cigarettes, after already imposing a great many as it is. Now they propose another dollar a pack increase. No one much has been saying anything about how unconstitutional this is, smoking has become a safe place for morons to let out their 2 minutes of hate.

    The only problem is, that these morons can't do simple math, and they sure don't care about rights or our health either.

    Yes, this new tax is expected to raise over 375 billion dollars a year to start but it will cause tax revenues to go down by a trillion dollars a year immediately as people just stop smoking.

    Maybe some fools will think, "Good, it stopped smoking" but what these retards don't seem to get is that the bloodsucking state will now go after all sorts of things to make up for their lost revenue, and I surely expect that and then some.

    Thanks to their blind stupidity falling for this anti smoking nonsense they have opened up the door to everything else as you have noted.

    As this state continues to spiral into the sewer pipes, because we are already way past the toilet now, I see these tax maniacs going full suicidal in their efforts to collect evey dime they possibly can even if it drives every single taxpayer out of the state, Such is what has been done to California.

  2. Smoking is dangerous not only for you but also for other folks, you should not smoke cigarettes when you are in public places or at home, try switching to substitutes of smoking like electronic cigarettes.

    1. Hate to tell you, but second hand smoke raises your chances of heart/lung disease/ cancer by
      Wait for it, you WILL BE STUNNED...
      That is ONE HALF of ONE PERCENT.
      1/2 of 1%.
      And that is your reasoning for stripping people of their liberties?
      Smoking kills less people per year than drinking; and drinkers endanger Far more people when they vacate the 'no smoking allowed' bar and drive home than a Legion of smokers could.
      'But smoking is the biggest killer...'
      Really? More than alcohol or motor vehicle accidents? Whoops...
      Guess what; this is life, and nobody gets out alive. If I choose to poison myself with smoking, or alcohol, or McDonalds -it is no business of yours.
      The point is that NONE of these things Should be banned.
      What is it with people? Why do you feel this unstoppable desire to tell your neighbors what they can and cannot do?
      "None can love freedom heartily, but good men... the rest love not freedom, but license." -Milton

      "Thing that got me was not her list of things she hated, since she was obviously crazy as a Cyborg, but fact that always somebody agreed with her prohibitions. Must be a yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please. Rules, laws — always for other fellow. A murky part of us, something we had before we came down out of trees, and failed to shuck when we stood up. Because not one of those people said: "Please pass this so that I won't be able to do something I know I should stop." Nyet, tovarishchee, was always something they hated to see neighbors doing. Stop them "for their own good" — not because speaker claimed to be harmed by it." -Robt. A Heinlein "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"

  3. I guess this is just the starting, after smoking there will be bans on several things, like you mentioned the hot dogs, there are researches which oppose the use of junk food, the government is trying to control us by imposing such kind of bans.

  4. It is true that there are many other dangerous things which should also be banned but smoking is the biggest killer this is why smoking bans are becoming more strict these days.