Smokers or Nonsmokers
What's the solution
The solution, many businesses shut down for a couple of days and then built outdoor patios for their smokers.
While this worked for most businesses, quite a few of them shut down because they didn't have the space available to expand and therefore could not compete in the market.
The Glamour of Smoking
Remember Bogie and Bacall. It was a sexual and sensual to be seen smoking in a movie. It was cool to see the "Easy Riders" smoking and even iconic Clint Eastwood was seen smoking in his spaghetti westerns, it made him dark and mysterious.
American's ate it up and in turn the tobacco companies made money hand over fist. American's had cocktail parties and bbq's and ashtrays all around for all the social smokers. It was glamorous and acceptable.
Smoking Becoming a Social Issue
Most of us are usually free to make our own decisions as to what is best for us, especially in America. However, when it comes to smoking, there seems to be a consensus in America that government knows what's best for Americans.
For instance, the government has continued for decades to implement laws that make it harder and more expensive to smoke. In the past, it was acceptable, but today they use infomercials to scare the American people into quitting.
As I have been both a smoker and a non-smoker throughout most of my life; how you ask? Like many smokers, I quit for years at a time and easily pick the habit back up when it suits me. As a non-smoker I find it offensive even for myself to make a comment about a smoker, so I don't.
The biggest hypocrite in my eyes is a reformed smoker, because like most he or she is only a puff away from being a smoker.
People are the problem...
At a jazz club in Texas, the patio was for smokers and the bands played outside; inside you could still hear the music, but it was smoke free. A gentleman with two small children ages approximately 4 and 6 asked someone at a table nearby to please not smoke near his children. My reply would have been, it's after 10:00 you children should be at home, not at a bar or take them inside where it is smoke free. However, the individual had more tolerance than I did for his behavior.
To smoke or not to smoke will always be an issue because the people who gripe about government control are the first to complain, push for petitions and laws to keep places smoke free.
As much as American's like to say they are free, we are our own worst enemy in pushing the government to regulate us to death. And when we are so regulated that we can't decide anything for ourselves, who will we blame....aww yes...the government.
It is time to start looking at ourselves and quit asking the government to regulate every move we make.
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