For many years I have been a smoker. My wife is also a smoker. We have changed our lives to make our daughters life better. We originally smoked in the house, but we stopped so that my daughter wouldn’t be adversely effected by the smoke.
With that being said… I have to say that I personally believe that the government takes action on things that they want out of the picture because they might not be making as much money as they would want.
Look at how New York tried to ban certain sized drinks. It is not the governments place to tell us what size drink we can have. We should be the smarter people to know what size we need, or want. There are many facts that are not taken into consideration when you read actual statistics. I am not saying that the statistics aren’t biased, skewed, or whatnot. The numbers do not show how many people could have cancer due to water, environment, and many other things. It is incredible how the politicians automatically make new legislature to slow down, or eliminate smoking.
The OUTSIDE is OUTSIDE. If the government is going to come down on smoking then they need to actively enforce pollution from vehicles, factories, and other things.
Here are a few points in regards to this…
- At the Disney World Resort you can smoke in secluded little areas so that you aren’t seen for the most part. At the Disney World Resort you can drink anywhere you want. (Magic Kingdom “Not Included”)
- Same is true for many other amusement parks.
- Certain towns have made it illegal to smoke in your own car if their is a child present.
- Smoking at a park is illegal.
- Smoking in a restaurant is illegal. (Even outside areas in most.)
Alcohol brings DWI’s, DUI’s, and accidents that can lead to death. I have not heard of a case where smoking caused an accident that lead to death, but there may be one person out there that can’t handle their cigarette. I personally believe that every single car that is manufactured should have a breathalyzer installed at the factory before shipping. There would be a big response to this by the public, and the insurance companies would love the added values of it. I am sure that there are ways to circumvent the process, but there are ways to make sure those measures aren’t deviated from. When it comes to drinking at amusement parks, water parks, and such the key point to keep in mind is that alcohol isn’t something we want children getting involved with, but they allow adults to drink in front of children. How hypocritical is that? We don’t want the kids to see smoking happening, but we will allow them to see drinking going on. Alcohol not only brings certain issues that we all know of, but it brings others that most people don’t think of. Alcohol coming from glass containers can also be issued because of broken glass that causes flat tires, cuts, and deaths. Sugar is not good for everyone, but I don’t see them taking that off the market, banning it, or limiting it. Guns kill a lot of people too, but the government only fights their battles with the gun control laws when a major situation arises. If everyone had a gun there would be a lot more thinking before shooting because you wouldn’t know what the other guy has.
The government has been allowed to take our freedoms away from us for too long. When will we all stand up and fight for what we have? If we don’t fight for our beliefs then we will have no beliefs in the end, and we will end up living behind a WALL like they had in Russia. If you value your freedoms please start communicating with your congressman.
In all reality I would rather my child smoke over drink alcohol.