Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Well, although I wish that all vehicles emitted zero pollution, that day has not yet arrived. So, to equate smoking with transportation is somewhat bizarre, in my opinion. Even though I wish that my car, as well as those around me, emitted less pollution, I do have to drive my car in order to go to work, buy food, visit the doctor, etc. I fail to see how smoking could be put into the same category, as someone could readily carry out his vital daily functions without smoking, while anyone outside of urban areas cannot do anything away from home without driving. To equate your personal pleasure with the public’s need for transportation is so totally off-base that it should be embarassing to you.
So, as I had said previously, I see most attempts to defend smokers’ rights as sad and pathetic. However, I am firmly of the opinion that you are entitled to smoke anywhere–as long as those who are forced to inhale the smoke are in agreement with inhaling it. If the proprietor of an establishment bans smoking in his place of business, or if a municipality bans smoking in certain areas, then you will just have to live with it.
I agree with you that Diabetes is a major, growing, health problem, but that does not diminish the serious health problems that have been firmly linked with smoking. Citing the issue of Diabetes does not eliminate the reality of emphysema, lung cancer, heart disease, and other conditions that are the result of smoking (either first-ha,21,150499.075,1,16798,220.127.116.11
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