This thread has been an awesome read.
Based on the anti-smoking arguements presented here I have reached the following conclusions:
1.If I travel by horse and buggy, walk, or ride a freaking UNICYCLE and you drive by me enclosed in a container being powered by a gas-combustible engine, YOU ARE ENDANGERING MY HEALTH. You have to ride and dirty the air somewhere else. (in a whiney voice) "I’m allergic".
2. As pointed out earlier and most rightly so, OBESITY in this country is right beside tobacco. If you don’t know this, you are not watching the news. The "sub-standard" arguement for this is that it doesn’t affect others. Hardy-har.
Sell that to one who still has the odor of Infamil on their breath. Not me. Fat people have fat kids. Fat people die young, don’t monitor their cholesterol/diabetes/gout and leave before having a chance to be a wonderful grandmother/grandfather and bestowing any type of wisdom to another generation. You gonna call that "Not affecting others"? Also healthcare costs:see below.
3. "It inflates our health care costs, and I shouldn’t have to pay for it."
My, MY my……… such a can of worms you opened with that statement.I disagree with abortion, should I have to pay for it? I disagree with bringing a child into this world that the bearer can’t support, should I have to pay for it? The # of unwed young mothers in this country is astronomical. Its NOTHING for them to get preg, get the best of healthcare, WICK, PEACH and God only knows what else.
Also the rising cost of healthcare is not the tobacco smoker but those afflicted with diabetes. Not the kind you have at birth . The kind you get from OBESITY. But heck, that don’t affect anyone. (give me a freakin break)
4. And last of all……this one really gets my underpants in a wad. You got Dad…..Mom…..a kid about 8, ‘nother one about 6, ‘nother one about 4, and one in a highchair that complain about the smoke on behalf of their precious children. THEY ARE SEATED IN THE BAR. Dad downs three Margueritas, mom polishes off two glasses of wine, and they drive their kids home. Go Figger.