I just finished reading an editorial in my local paper, The Virginian Pilot, about a proposed smoking ban in the city of Norfolk. It mentions all the typical evils associated with smoking and second hand cigarette smoke.
Here’s my question. If cigarette smoking is so bad for me and the smoke pouring out of my cigarette is so bad for everyone else, why can I still go to just about any store in America and by a pack of these evil things?
I mean, you make me wear a helmet if I ride a motorcycle; you make me wear a seat belt if I ride in a car. You even make me carry a life jacket for everyone on my boat. In some states I can’t talk on my phone while I’m driving. I’m not even allowed to cuss at the beach here in Virginia! But I can still go to a 7-Eleven and by a pack of smokes if I want to!
Lawmakers are trying to pass a law in one state that would outlaw smoking in your car if there are children in there with you. There seems to be a law for just about anything and everything, but evil cigarettes are still legal…one of those things that make you go hmmm…
Yeah, I know they’re bad for me and so does everyone else. If they’re so bad for me then outlaw them. Oh wait! The loss of those extra tax dollars of mine would be more harmful to the government than even my cigarette smoke is to you and me! But doesn’t the government subsidize this industry too? I’m confused!
Here’s the real problem with city councils banning anything. It’s not their job. If they think something is bad for us then put it on the ballot and let the people decide. That’s the way this country is supposed to work. At least that’s the way I remember learning it.