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Subject: Offending smokers with "non-smoking" law
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I understand that non-smokers don't want to inhale second-hand smoke, but passing laws to forbid smoking AROUND buildings seems excessive. Until the issue of pollution is more fully addressed, I will continue to feel like I am being singled out for punishment. At the college I attend, they do not allow smoking on the grounds at all. I feel this is unfair since I am paying for an education. It seems everywhere I go I have to leave to smoke. A hospital in my area won't even let you sit in your vehicle and smoke! I don't have children, so I don't think that they should have the right to forbid my smoking. In addition, where do the laws stop? What will be next? Okay, let's not allow a certain type of dress or hairstyle....next let's decide for other people what they are allowed to say...where will it end? I vote. I pay taxes. Why do I have to stand out in the rain or snow? I resent not having a smoking section in restaurants in particular. I don't mind being separated, but I do mind paying money for an evening out and having to leave quickly so that I can have a cig.
So, it's okay for people to be offensively dressed, or allow their children to scream....but I can't smoke. This is fair?

Posted:9/27/2009
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Marsha G, Mountain View, AR, United States , 48 , Female
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Category: General Diversity
Subject: Offending smokers with "non-smoking&q
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It's a health issue. Many people cannot afford to breathe the second-hand smoke, which is harmful to those with allergies, asthma, those with compromised immune systems, children, and pets. There are many smokers who will not be considerate of the vulnerable, so laws are passed to force people to be considerate. You can screw up your health all you want, but you do not have the right to jeopardize anyone else's health.

Posted:12/26/2011
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Leo T., Phoenix, AZ, United States , 49 , Male , believe in God , White/Caucasian , Straight , 2 Years of College , Middle class, none
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Category: General Diversity
Subject: Non-smoker
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I go to college where such a splendid law is not in place and everyday this is what happens: On my way to class I'm walking behind a smoker, as I go up to the building I'm walking through a cloud of smoke from the smokers outside the doors, when I get on the bus some smoker puts out their cigarette and hops right on bringing the overwhelming smoke smell into the entire bus. Sure you pay your money like everyone else but you're also infringing on the rights of non-smokers to breath fresh air. I hope they make that a law on my campus

Posted:11/7/2011
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Angela M, Denton, TX, United States , 21 , Female , Christian , Black/African American , Straight , Middle class, .
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