Louisville just signed a ban prohibiting smoking in ANY public building. It used to be that you couldn't smoke in the mall, the hospital, or in any restaurants. I was delighted when we first moved here because I never had to worry about sitting at a nonsmoking table which was right next to a table in the smoking section. Now you can't even smoke in a bar!! I never go to the bar but I know a lot of smoking goes on there . . . or at least used to.
Nobody has to wonder what my opinion of smoking is. I hate it. I think it's terribly unhealthy and extremely gross. I don't like to be around it all. However, does this mean it should be illegal? I don't like big government and I'm wondering if this is too much government involvement. On the one hand, this ban is protecting all citizens. It's not like drinking. I can sit next to you while you drink and not jeopardize my health. But if I sit next to you while you smoke, I am getting all the affects of second-hand smoke.
In California it is illegal to smoke in your car if children are present. The adult should have the freedom to smoke. But, the defenseless child should have the freedom to be healthy. It's interesting to me that the government will come to the defense of the minor in this case, but will not protect the child's life if he is still in the womb. I'll leave that topic for another post.
Would you support a "no smoking" law in your community? Is it currently prohibited where you live? Whether it's fair or not, I'm thankful for the fresh air.