Susan 
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Re: “Smoking: Whose choice is it?

I whole heartedly agree with your article's premise that government control has crossed the line, Ethan. The fifty states were formed to avoid the crushing rule of federal law which then was called a monarchy. Too many times the law is decided at the highest level and too often legislators react as a knee jerk to appease the loudest constituents in the crowd instead of making a rational decision.
Pokey, I also watched my father die of lung cancer, but his father was also a smoker and lived to the ripe age of 81 and his death was NOT smoking related.
I do not believe you have your facts straight and I believe you have missed the point. My and Ethan’s point is illustrated by this example. How many of us exercise and eat right EVERY day? How many of us drink the recommended six to eight glasses of water each day? How many of us have obese children? How many overweight people are cutting years off their life? Studies prove that obesity is related to heart disease, high blood pressure, joint pain, and yes, sexual dysfunction. There is a link to asthma and babies born to obese mothers. Should the government regulate how many calories you consume in a public place, how about checking your pantry and refrigerator? Should stores stop selling frozen entrée’s that contain more than 400 calories a serving? No more candy, chips or soda.
I checked the CDC site and obesity and the associated health problems cause a significant economic impact on the U.S. Health Care system. During the three years between 1998 and 2000, Colorado alone spent $874 million of the national total of $75,051,000,000. Coloradan’s are thought to live a healthy lifestyle, but this is just over 1% of the national average and more than a third was paid through Medicare and Medicaid (our tax dollars!!!). “Refusal to accept this information is common among overweight people and is just very selfish denial of reality. “
The point is, anyone can tout statistics and prey on emotions, but no can deny that we as a people are letting the government overstep the boundaries of personal decision. Pokey, it is not the government’s decision as to whether or not businesses allows smoking, it is the owner’s decision first and then consumers can decide to patronize that establishment or not. That is freedom of choice.

Posted by Susan on 05/24/2009 at 10:23 AM

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