Let me start by saying I hate smoking and tobacco use in general. I have lost my mother, father, step-father and a brother to cancers related in one way or another to their tobacco use.
Having said that, let me say that something I hate even more is a bunch of do-gooders trying to use the power of government to take away another person’s rights.
This issue is all about freedom of choice (emphasis mine). Government, which is already way too intrusive in our lives every day, has no business to take away one person’s rights just because some other person is too lazy or not willing to be responsible for their own wellbeing to make their own choice.
If you do not want to be in that nasty, stinky, disgusting environment, then you should choose to stay out! No one is forcing you to do something against your will or your rights. You are free to choose what you believe is in your best interest and to do, or not do, whatever you want. You do not have the right to deny anyone else the same right or to force someone else to choose the same way you do.
As for the young lady being used as a pawn in the do-gooders’ television ad in a pathetic attempt to drum up public support for their naked attempt to deny others their rights, you chose to ask that business owner for a job – a job you knew would put you in that environment. That was your choice. If you now have decided that you do not choose to continue to work in that environment, then the right thing for you to do is to give your notice and leave. Shame on you for being a pawn in this un-American power grab by these misguided, perhaps well-intended, trouble makers.
Life is all about choices and consequences. In America we are supposed to be free to make our own choices as long as we are ready to accept the consequences. That’s the way it used to be in America. That is rapidly fading in the distance of time as people and groups think they know better what’s good for you and deny you the right to make your own choices.
Stephen T. Snowberger