I think that the veterans should be as accountable as the rest of the population regarding the smoking ban. I’m not going to list reasons why smoking is unhealthy, because everyone knows that, it’s even printed on the box.
But, the veterans seem to think that they are above the law. They liked the new law before it applied to them. However, now that they are considered no different from the rest of the smoking population, they start complaining going as far to say that the government caused their addiction. The government didn’t cause their addiction. Yes, cigarettes may have been included in their meals, but the government didn’t force them to smoke and the veterans could have chosen to quit once back home.
Soldiers might have become addicted to illegal substances while fighting in Vietnam for instance, but that doesn’t mean that they can continue to use those just because they became addicted oversees. I know, Smoking isn’t illegal, but it is becoming illegal to smoke in certain areas and the veterans need to learn that they are not above the law. Just because they fought for our country doesn’t mean that they should get special treatment, they can’t be exempted from other laws. I also think that it was selfish of the veterans to vote in favor of the smoking ban just because it didn’t apply to them. They should have been a little more considerate of the civilian smoker, they are both addicted to the same substance, and now the smoking ban will rightly affect both of them.