Yes, but it is a growing and remarkable branch of social fascism. Good to see though more aggressive tactics to be taken in the war on obesity. Fast food outlets might soon see their media advertising curtailed at the same time their icons are removed from our public schools. But is that enough? Surely if we can have smokers smoke outside we can have the obese eat their fast food treats outdoors as well. I don't want to share a public place with giants while at Wendy's or Burger King. I expect gluttons and their mimics to be asked to eat outside so that they're aware this type of location should be the last they should be visiting in their condition. It's time. I also expect full public support.
LOL Government legislating morality and social habituation....
Lots of luck government.....spend all that money finding out people will "quit or obey" when they are good and ready to - not when laws are enacted to dictate it.
I can see a whole patrol of "puffer police" much like the Keystone Cops chasing a smoker down the street trying to
write a ticket for inside puffing....
What I argue with is legislation rather than leaving it up to the people to make their rules ... when does it stop? When does it end for government telling us how to live?
The owners of several bars in Quebec have lost their quest to have a section of the province's new anti-smoking law temporarily suspended.
You wrote people should do the right thing.... apparently you do.....you walk the talk...... do you know how many people pontificate and do nothing - nada - squat - but make lots of noise about "how it should be".... You aren't one of them. Good.
I don't know why there can't be smoking clubs just as private clubs used to be for "men only".... there was an argument on an old forum which is now gone...about a particular club which held AA meetings on a regular basis - where smoking was outlawed too.
Seemed a bit over the top - people trying to quit drinking - having to sit like Mother Teresa wanting a cig...
Balance is the key.... eventually most smokers will give it up but not at the hands of some puffer cop....or some words written into law.... but because he/she decides to. When that happens...it's a done deal...
not easy either... it's bloody tough habit to kick...and abuse by the "non" folks makes it worse.
Here again I haul out my old mantra: Choice. Adults - responsible adults should be able to choose which establishment they wish to frequent - in which to drink, eat and if they desire - smoke.
Islamic religious police on Tuesday arrested 22 people for smoking in the Somali port of Kismayo, where they will be flogged if found guilty of violating a new tobacco ban, officials said.
Those detained were nabbed just days after local Islamist officials announced a total ban on the use of tobacco in the key southern port, in a new sign of their increasingly strict application of Sharia law.
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I was a smoker for many years. I haven't smoked for twenty years. Since there is no smoking in my house, I don't see why I should have to go to a bar or a restaurant where there is. Smokers are the most pathetic creatures on the planet.---- I know because I was one of them. Back in the days when literally every store wasn't open 24/7, smokers would wake up on a Sunday morning, after a house party, out of cigarettes, and go through every ashtray in the house, in a pitiful search for the longest but, followed by a hunt for the second longest but.
You might think I would be on the side of the smoker but I say put them out of their collective misery. Ban all smoking in the country now. In a month or two, all the ex-smokers would thank us for it.....No. they wouldn't. There would be mayhem in the streets, Cigarette smuggling would flourish...New criminal gangs would appear.
Better to try to get the filthy habit out of bars and resaurants first...