Originally created 08/15/04

Government, just kindly butt out

I am a smoker! Yes, I said it.

I think that the whole idea of secondhand smoke is being blown somewhat out of proportion. Don't get me wrong - cigarette smoke is not good for you, and I would advise anyone who has never smoked not to ever smoke. But when proper ventilation is put into an establishment, there is no reason that patrons who smoke should not be allowed to do so. That is why establishments have separate sections for smokers.

I also feel that this is a decision that should be made by the owners of these establishments and not by a government organization.

As Harvey Fierstein said, "Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."

Tamara D. Gaskin

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