|Re: Lewisville Council Passes Smoking Ban; Restaurants, H...|
Poster: Anonymous Posted: 2012/7/10 12:07:07
There are three groups that oppose smoking bans in the workplace:
1. Bar owners who claim they will be hurt financially. This is a fallacy and has been repeatedly proven false.
2. Smokerswho somehow claim that somewhere in the Constitution their right to blow carcinogens on the folks around them is protected.
3. Tea party "conservatives"whose role for government intervention becoomes smaller and smaller every day. The contention here is that this should be a business owner decision. They also cling to the reason about the Constitution that does not exist.
To these groups, I will say that certainly government regulation of personal behavior can be a slippery slope. See Soda ban in NYC. That being said, there is no scientific controversy about the harmful effects of cigarette smoke. This not only affects the workers in these establishments. The cost in health care dollars of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and emphysema is astronomical! The taxpayer-YOU foot the bill for much of these bills. So take away people with emotional and political arguments, or perceived financial stake and there is just no good reason to continue to allow this pollution in our workplace.