Outdoor Smoking Bans

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Posted in category Lifestyle Fascism

The Duluth city council looks like it will vote to ban outdoor smoking in its parks. Next up is on our own property outdoors, in your house, and in your car. Once again, invoke “the children” to sell the con to the public.

“If we can prevent cigarette butts on the sidewalks, or people jogging with their strollers from breathing in second-hand smoke, it makes for a more pleasant visit,” Boyle said.

People without strollers are insignificant, of course.

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11 Responses to Outdoor Smoking Bans

  1. jeannie queenie says:

    August 30th, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Butts on a sidewalk as well as dog crap are both uncouth practices…by what right does one person have to be obnoxious, uncaring, and disrespectful of others?
    Surely no one would like it if a mother changed her babies diapers outdoors and just dropped the crap on the sidewalk..others would have a right to be upset, just like the aforesaid…another person’s crap……. is another person’s crap..why does anyone have to like it?
    Just like those wierdos who look/wear/outrageous outfits in Walmart..uncouth right? But they have their rights, no, to be utterly disgusting and force you to have to view crap?

  2. Edwin says:

    August 30th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Well, I can agree with the comments about people who throw cigarette butts all over the place.  The ones that really get me are the ones who dump their whole ashtrays out in some parking lot – you see a whole pile of them (cigarette butts) within about a 1 square foot area.  Slobs.  I would like to see the people who do that be made to eat them right off the ground.  

  3. Sovereign Suz says:

    August 31st, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I work at a public college. Smokers have become pariahs on campus. They have been forced to smoke in only tiny designated areas at least 30 feet away from all buildings. Staff in red shirts walk campus to give tickets to students found not smoking in the correct areas. If I talk to the students about how tyranical this is, they seem baffled, as if they are habituated into believing it’s wrong to smoke and it’s okay to treat smokers in this manner. They also believe that once they walk onto campus, they lose all their “rights.” Also heard a student say that she was sitting IN HER CAR with the windows rolled up, in line to drive off campus, when one of the red-shirt guys tapped on her windows to tell her to put out the cigarette. Why do we submit to this crap?

  4. M. Terry says:

    September 1st, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Littering and smoking are two different things. I can’t find a jurisdiction where littering is illegal. Many places can fine someone for not picking up after their dog. Non-sequiturs are typically what statists use to ram new regulations down people’s throats.

    Jeannie, I’ve read an appreciated many of your posts. You really know better.

    I’m certain that many people view uncouth behavior and costumes daily.
    If it’s offensive, turn your head or change the channel.

    The argument “there outta be a law” is fraught with unintended consequences.

    Incidentally, I quit going to a lake because of the diapers on the shore. It’s littering, it’s offensive, and there’s a law against it already. The mothers at the lake who properly dispose of diapers shouldn’t suffer because of the idiots who refuse to police up their own litter.

    The smokers I know don’t toss butts. Should it be illegal for them to smoke outside because other don’t approve? What’s next?

  5. M. Terry says:

    September 1st, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Jeannie, I’ve read and appreciated many of your posts. You really know better.

    Seem to be having a problem with “and” and “an” lately…

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:32 am

    “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”
    (Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler; 1943)

    The Führer thanks you from the grave:

    Hitler was a Leftist
    Hitler’s Anti-Tobacco Campaign

    One particularly vile individual, Karl Astel — upstanding president of Jena University, poisonous anti-Semite, euthanasia fanatic, SS officer, war criminal and tobacco-free Germany enthusiast — liked to walk up to smokers and tear cigarettes from their unsuspecting mouths. (He committed suicide when the war ended, more through disappointment than fear of hanging.) It comes as little surprise to discover that the phrase “passive smoking” (Passivrauchen) was coined not by contemporary American admen, but by Fritz Lickint, the author of the magisterial 1100-page Tabak und Organismus (“Tobacco and the Organism”), which was produced in collaboration with the German AntiTobacco League.


  7. Karen De Coster says:

    September 3rd, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Harley – I am confused. You think I support this???

  8. jeannie queenie says:

    September 3rd, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    @M Terry…I’m not aware that I said anywhere above that ‘there outta be a law’…what there should be is just plain old fashioned common courtesy. And the good old standby, common sense, just doesn’t seem to be so common anymore, now does it? I don’t recommend anymore rules/regs. I just wish that the increasing arsehold segment of the population weren’t growing by leaps and bounds. Alas, we’ve had too many generations now who never learned common sense, nor manners, but boy do they know what they want and what they are entitled to..even if it means they can take from another’s entitlement/rights to not be forced to put up with their crap…all i’m saying! It’s like this, if every human being would act decently we wouldn’t need any rules..period, end of story.

  9. M. Terry says:

    September 4th, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Sorry Jeannie – I wasn’t trying to put words in your mouth. And you’re certainly right on about manners – and the rest of your post is right on as well. Thanks for the clarification.


  10. Tommy Udo says:

    September 19th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I understand the civil liberties issue clearly, yet I can’t complain when I don’t have to smell that nasty crap burning everywhere I go. 

  11. Liam says:

    September 20th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    They’ve banned cannabis, and alcohol before, and they’ll ban cigarettes if they get a chance.

    I do find smoke and scents of any kind annoying when I want to breathe fresh air, but as long as you’re away from the path and doors, I don’t really care what you do. Have sex and smoke a blunt for all I care.

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