Originally Posted by Marishka
I agree with both of these statements. I don't think it should be illegal for people to smoke at all...what they do in the privacy of their own home is up to them. However, if I had children or if I was prone to sickness from smoke, and just being in a place like Bob Evans (cheap family-like restaurant) for lunch where they did have a smoking section, it wouldn't be right to expose said children (or self) to the dangerous second-hand smoke. We (me and my imaginary children) shouldn't have to stay at home all of the time just because we don't smoke, or don't want to be around it.
I do have an uncle who doesn't go out to eat with us anymore because he can't go without a cigarette for however long the meal might be, because he can't smoke at the restaurants anymore. Which is sad, but I can't say it changes my views on the law.
Having been a smoker who lived with a smoking ban... it isn't that bad. I have family members like your uncle. My aunt actually totally ruined my sixth birthday party (and my mom is still mad about it!) because she wouldn't come into our non-smoking house. She sat in the van, even though she could have come inside and gone out the door five feet away whenever she felt like it. People who act like that are being stubborn. It's an excuse to not live your life.
Yes, it is nice to smoke after a meal with your friends at a restaurant.
But other people believe it's nice to enjoy a meal that doesn't taste like ash.
I have to admit, I always felt weird smoking around non-smokers. I know it is bad for me, I know what I am subjecting my body to. What am I asking of non-smoking friends just to hang out with me? Friends who don't drink- okay, they can come out to the bar with you, even have beer spilled on them, and it doesn't damage their liver. The effects of regular secondhand smoke from normal going out to a bar (assuming it isn't so often) are long-term healthwise negligible, but for many people they are not so minor.
I guess I have realized that the good of the many should never be sacrificied for the convenience of the few... which I have always believed for everything else, and have recently applied to smoking.
I mean, you don't insist on peeing in front of everyone inside...