January 16, 2007

In today’s Seattle Times, there’s an article about apartment dwellers who want their buildings to go completely non-smoking. It’s already illegal to smoke in the common areas and hallways, now they want to prohibit people from smoking in their own apartments.

This is hot on the heels of a law that passed last year that says people cannot smoke in work settings or public places. This was a citizen initiative that passed by a considerable margin.

I’m not a smoker. I’ve never really been one except for a random 6 – 8 weeks in college. I can’t stand the smell or the dizzy feeling I get when I smoke.

I also realize that smoking is terrible unhealthy. It can cause serious health problems to both the smoker and the people around them.

However, almost all of of the complaints I heard from people when discussing the afore-mentioned smoking ban was that they hated smelling like smoke when they opened their bleary eyes the next morning.

Who do these people think they are? If you don’t want to smell like a human cigarette, stay out of the damn bar. There were many bars and nightclubs in Seattle that didn’t allow smoking before the ban. If you wanted to damage your liver by getting drunk, then endanger everyone’s lives around while you drove home drunk to have unsafe sex with some random person you just picked up, you would have no trouble finding a smoke-free location that would offer you what you wanted. Stay out of my business and let me and my smoking friends go find a nice, stale, musty place to throw back a couple of beers. Leave the Nanny-state to the Socialists.

(Hat tip to comedian Auggie Smith)


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