Smokers' rights

I am a smoker. I have smoked for years, and enjoy doing so. I find it relaxing, and it calms my nerves. Yes, I realize smoking is ba
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

I am a smoker. I have smoked for years, and enjoy doing so. I find it relaxing, and it calms my nerves. Yes, I realize smoking is bad for my health -- so name me something that isn't! The fact is, we are dying from the day we are born. Nobody is exempt from death. With all the evil and injustice in this world, I cannot believe our major concern is to wage a war against smokers and second hand smoke!

The lawmakers have banned smoking in all buildings, including bars (how smart is that?) and forced the smokers to stand outside in the elements. Now they want to dictate where in the already polluted air we can stand! Is this still America? I am so tired of being treated like a "second class citizen" (I would say criminal, but they have rights) because I enjoy smoking. The simple truth is, it's much easier to put the blame on second hand smoke than to confront big business. Just once I would like to hear a doctor ask, ...are you a factory worker, and is the facility asbestos free? Do you realize how many cancer causing chemicals you breath in each day? And while we're on the subject, there just isn't too much in this world that doesn't cause some type of cancer. So, you may as well enjoy yourself because if smoking, or second hand smoke doesn't kill you, it's a fact something else will!

It really makes me wonder what's going to be next, alcohol? Drunk drivers kill hundreds of innocent people each year. We could ban smoking and drinking completely, but that would eliminate the sin tax and how could we afford to build all those new stadiums? I believe people are starting to realize smoking is only the beginning. Whose rights are going to be taken away next? Is this going to be America the free, or only for a chosen few? Our service men and women are not fighting and dying for freedom, only to have it taken away in their own country!

Not willing to give up my rights,

Carol Eastman

Willard