Wow, this week’s post about Seattle’s possible smoke-free-ness for bars & clubs generated lots of good comments. For the record, I wanted to address a few things.
- This issue is about restricting smoking in certain enclosed public spaces, not banning it outright, which would be silly (not to mention impossible). This is not “Prohibition” like they tried with alcohol many years ago. This issue also has nothing to do with carcinogens in the water supply. Cigarette smoke would probably be low on the list if we were talking about environmental poisons in general…but we’re not. 🙂
- Yes, alcohol is a drug, and personally it’s my drug of choice. However, sipping my drink does not affect everyone else around me…it doesn’t sting their eyes, it doesn’t make them cough, it doesn’t make them stink. Of course, I’m talking about responsible drinking. If I get completely shitfaced, things can get unpleasant!
- Figures on deaths from secondhand smoke have definitely been inflated, but since the health problems related to smoking are well-known, there must be some risk involved for me, the secondhand guy. And regardless of the dangers, the smoke still isn’t pleasant to be around.
Having said all that, I gotta say that this is one issue that challenges my Libertarian leanings and makes me favor some kind of legislation. Normally I’m not one to say “Why, there oughta be a law!”, but in this case I think there probably oughta be. Anyway, today’s Seattle PI has reader responses which are quite interesting. 🙂