John_M 
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Electrical Engineer, Buddhist, Hiker, Biker, Motorcycler, Weightlifter, US Marine. High School: 1981 BSEE: 1991

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Re: “Smoking: Whose choice is it?

Ethan,

Your arguments are not valid. The founding fathers addressed the limits of freedom and defined it as when one’s right runs over someone else’s. In the case of second hand smoke this is very clear. Claiming a right to smoke and ignoring the effects on non-smokers is ignorant at best. Good journalism should cover all sides of an issue: you did not.

Nor is the argument that non-smokers can go someplace else as one quarter of the population smokes so anyplace with four people is by default a smoking facility.

And you cannot ignore facility design codes that address fresh air, air tightness of facilities, and trends in the last forty years. Buildings are much more air tight, have much lower fresh air requirements, and we put more people into them. While fewer people smoke these impacts still increase contaminated air in facilities thereby magnifying the effects on non-smokers.

Lastly, your argument is the same one that was brought up in the seventies by drunken drivers, that it was their choice. That argument didn’t hold then and it doesn’t now. Smokers do not have any moral nor ethical right to chose smoking for others. And I didn’t even address the so called “choice” involved with an addictive substance as I am only addressing the rights of non-smokers.

Posted by John_M on 05/24/2009 at 8:40 PM

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