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Smoking: 'You Stay Out of My Life, and I’ll Stay Out of Yours'

A minority view, if you don’t mind… straight from the mind of a smoker.

I understand fully what the is all about, and I further understand their .

, and they’re to be commended for their desire to stamp out smoking- it’s a nasty habit, and people shouldn’t do it.

That said, I cannot go along with the .

Full disclosure here- I am a smoker, albeit one who has learned to keep his habit as far away from others as possible.

I get it that there are people who hate it, and I do everything I can to avoid smoking where they can be bothered by it.

I try not to smoke around children- including my 6-year-old grandson.

I don’t even smoke inside my own home.

But I will not agree with the push to pass ever more laws to keep me from lighting up where I can.

At the end of the day, it’s my choice to light up where it’s legal for me to do so.

And please don’t holler at me about children seeing me smoke, and those children thinking it’s fine to do that, too.

If you don’t want your kids to light up, it’s YOUR job to teach them the evils of it- not mine.

Generally speaking, I tend to support the ideals of the Democratic party more than I do the Republicans, but not when it comes to the ever-increasing nanny state the far left of the party seems to think we need.

It’s NOT the government’s business what I do with my life, so long as I’m not robbing banks or planting bombs or the like.

I still believe in the idea of - so I’ll not be “blowing smoke” in someone’s face if they get in mine.

I WILL be somewhat vocal about defending my right to exercise the .

I’m pretty sure the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office has better things to do than bust me for smoking in a corner of some park somewhere- LOTS better things.

Let’s all try to get along a little better than we have been.

You stay out of my life, and I’ll stay out of yours.

If you want to mount the next crusade, perhaps against people having a beer in the parks while having their picnics, you can have at it.

I’ll let the beer drinkers stand up for their own rights to use the PUBLIC facilities their taxes help pay for.

It’s not a problem for me.

I don’t drink.

Joe Spencer February 04, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Sorry Kevin..I just dont have an issue with it. As for the tax on sugar...I say great for that too. Obesity is a ridiculous problem in our county....(followed by our educational system). Let em tax sugar....its not like they are banning sugar. If I want a coke bad enough I will pay the extra money....if not...then I will lose some of my weight--which I should! If their intervention with taxes gets us to be healthier...so be it. I'm 110% behind that. As a whole our society has become quite lazy and we dont do it for ourselves.
Doug Curlee February 04, 2012 at 12:37 AM
so, joe..your cure for us being "quite lazy" is to have the governmental agencies mandate every part of our lives?..by forcing us into line by attacking our walletys and bank accounts? where does it stop?..is there a line you would draw somewhere?. I'm not afraid to drink tap water, despite the belief there may be some not-so-good- stuff floating around in it..should i be mandated to buy only pure bottled water? the list would go on and on and on... "..if intervention with taxes gets us to be healthier, so be it.."?? you might want to live under that kind of a system.. i damned sure don't.. doug
Kevin Boldin February 04, 2012 at 01:10 AM
When the common man will not fight for his freedom, its apathy. When the common man does not understand what freedom is, he is defeated. Many of you here feel like Joe, thus you are already defeated. You’ve already surrendered to the bureaucracy that will enslave you from cradle to grave and you be happy to pay for it all. Maybe one day you will have an epiphany, you will open a history book or wake from a dead sleep, the light bulb will finally flicker, you’ll finally realize what so many others have been trying to say. Why so many good men and women sacrificed, shed blood, screamed until only the darkness could hear them. You might even remember this post…..
James Jones February 04, 2012 at 07:12 PM
The noise pollution analogy doesn't hold up. It would only be valid if the noise diminished to silence when you were say, 8 feet away. Annoying noise travels much farther than cigarette smoke.
Earlene November 09, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Great discussion and I fully understand the stubborness of a smoker like Curlee as I was married to one who smoked for years, until I, too, developed a severe allergy to cigarette smoke and could not breathe. Do any of you know what it's like having that next breath cut off and you panic? Even tho my hubby went outside to do his puff'n, when he came back inside I could still smell it on his clothing, hair, etc. I was on a breathing machine for over a year until my significant other STOPPED smoking; after smoking over 40 yrs. he went cold turkey and never looked back. Julie is the ONLY person who expressed something all of you left out in this discussion, including Curlee, and that's LUNG CANCER. A great majority of smokers will ultimately die of lung disease due to their nasty habit. They can no longer work and require medical care which, if insured, far exceeds what any health insurance will pay; they then resort to Medi-Cal. Studies have shown each indigent patient's bill runs in excess of one million dollars per smoker. That's a lot of money, folks. Who ultimately pays for such patients' care?....YOU and I. This is partly why people try and encourage a smoker to STOP NOW before you also become a cancer patient and eventually lose your life due to your poor choices.

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