I have smoked cigarettes and filtered cigars for over 20 years. I know this is not a healthy choice, but I do a lot of things that are unhealthy, and I think if you don't die a little, you can't live a little! When they first started banning smoking on flights, in public buildings, schools, offices, etc. I completely understood it and supported the new focus on public health. I don't want kids being exposed to second-hand smoke, or anyone for that matter unless they CHOOSE to be. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, choice disappeared and was replaced with being FORCED to do and not do things that I think is just not right!
This is why I am calling smokers Modern-Day Lepers. You see them now huddled together in the few places they can smoke (and in the cold winters here in New York, trust me, they are HUDDLED TOGETHER!) and look like the unwanted refuse of modern society. Is that right? Bars serve alcohol, which is not healthy, but I cannot smoke there? Shouldn't that be up to the business owner and his patrons (who "vote" everyday with their wallets?) instead of Washington bureaucrats and health nuts?
More and more people have been accepting the intrusion of government into their personal lives, and I think that is a huge mistake! Smokers are not Lepers, and we should have rights as well. Now some states want to ban you from smoking in YOUR CAR. It is YOUR car, and you should be able to do anything you want in your own property! Do you want the police stopping you on the highway and telling you to put your filtered cigar or cigarette out? I don't!
I don't want to go back to the 70s and have people smoking everywhere, but we have indeed gone too far. Remember, smokers are people too, and if they are only harming themselves it is their right and risk to do so. Smokers need to start standing up for themselves, as we are the only unrecognized, unrepresented minority left in America.