Re: Illinois closer to Smoke Free
- From: "DutchVanAfoort" <zniborz@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 08:37:50 +0200
That view isn't as unpopular as you might think Sir Jerry. I used
to feel the same way and you make total sense. Over the years
I stopped caring about smokers rights coz a lot of smokers here
in Holland can't be arsed to stay out of the smoke free zones and
will just smoke anywhere. So if a lot of them don't care about
places they are allowed to smoke, why would I? These days I couldn't
care less about their rights. So if you're not going to use yer Ciggie
Police uniform.... can I have it as a spare. ;) <grin> Thanks for
speaking your mind Sir Jerry, the place is better for it. All the best,
"Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win."
"Sir Jerry of Florida" <> schreef in bericht ...
My view on this will apparently be very unpopular but I really felt
strongly each time I have read a post like this. First, I am 2 months
quit today and extremely proud of it. I am committed to staying smoke
free for the rest of my life. That being said:
While I was smoking, 37 years, I remember how "Ex-Smokers" were the
worst. They had quit and decided that the entire world should be
forced to quit with them. I swore that I would not become one of them.
While I recognise the dangers and risks in smoking and I have chosen
not to participate any more that does not give me the right to demand
that everyone else, who has chosen to continue to smoke, be denied
I believe in "True" smoking/non-smoking sections. I do NOT believe in
banning smoking in all public establishments. I do believe that
smoking sections must be segregated to the point that the smoke does
not get into the smoke free areas. I do NOT believe that non-smokers
should have the exclusive right to demand all buisnesses be 100% smoke
free. If a business owner wants to open a "Smoking Only" business he
is barred but if he wants to open a "Smoke Free" business he is
applauded. So long as the government pronounces cigarettes to be a
legal substance there use should be regulated not banned.
Adults should be allowed to make the choice. Non-Smokers should have
the right NOT to go into an establishment that allows smoking but they
should not be allowed to dictate to the business owner what he can/can
not allow in their own establishment.
What happened to us the morning we woke up as non-smokers that makes
us so arrogant to demand that the whole world quits with us? I am
proud to have finally quit but I have not forgotten how persecuted I
felt for years by people who were just like me at some point. Those
people will not quit until they are ready themselves, just like we did
not quit until we were ready. I have enough trouble controlling my own
life. I certainly can not take on the responsibility of the Cigarette
Police for the rest of the world.
I sincerely apologize to those who this may have offended but I just
felt that I needed to state the other side.
Sir Jerry of Florida
Two months, 40 minutes and 5 seconds.
3307 cigarettes not smoked,
Life saved: 1 week, 4 days, 11 hours, 35 minutes.
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