CARS HOMES JOBS

Gazette polls



Should smoking be banned at outdoor venues such as parks, playgrounds, fairs and racetracks?

Yes 47% 251 votes
No 48% 260 votes
Maybe 3% 20 votes
Total Votes: 531

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

comments


March 18, 2010
9:15 a.m.

[ Suggest removal ]
MDogsMom ( MDogsMom ) says...

Nothing worse than sitting in a park on a gorgeous day, enjoying a picnic or just reading a book, and then getting blasted by cancer causing cig smoke. If people want to smoke at outdoor venues, give them designated areas. At least then nonsmokers have a choice about how close to sit next to the smoke - something that we lack now. And, yes, I AM a former smoker.

March 19, 2010
12:29 p.m.

[ Suggest removal ]
WordWiz78 ( WordWiz78 ) says...

I agree with MDogsMom. I think there should be designated smoking areas for smokers, similar to the smoking sections restaurants used to have. I recognize that smoking is an addiction, and that some people may not yet be capable of controlling their habit enough to not smoke while at a public event. I also know what these people get like when they can't have a cigarette - namely, they are miserable, and feel the necessity to make everyone else just as miserable. That being said, non-smokers shouldn't have to suffer. It has been proven that secondhand smoke causes lung cancer just as surely as if you had the cigarette in your mouth. Smokers can gripe all they want that they have the right to smoke (which, actually, is not a legal right), but the fact remains that whatever your rights may be, they end where they violate the rights of others. You don't have the right to cause harm to another person, and your secondhand smoke can cause harm to others. It's a simple fact, and one that only an addict can ignore. Have your cigarette - just do it away from me and anyone else who'd rather not get lung cancer or smell like the tailpipe of an Edsel.

March 19, 2010
8:03 p.m.

[ Suggest removal ]
airedale ( airedale ) says...

There is one thing worse than smoke filtering across an open field, or a still pond...
All the damn liberals trying to legislate the last few freedoms Americans still have left!
If it isn't the anti-smoking lobby shoving their ideology down our throats, it's the nuts from Peta telling me I can't eat a steak, or the fat police telling me that Peta's dead disciple's flesh is gonna kill me, or some tree hugger who says I cannot cut down a bush in my backyard because some poisonous spider might live there....
These special interest groups and others are going to legislate us into constitutional and financial oblivion, unless people wake up and take a stand.
It's the old adage about the squeaky wheel...while the rest of us sit back fat and happy...these guys are imposing their will on us with impunity.
We really have no one to blame, except ourselves...and the idiots we allow to be elected to represent us.

The most ignorant and out of touch persons in America are her voters.

March 20, 2010
7:45 a.m.

[ Suggest removal ]
jamesbond ( jamesbond ) says...

airedale,, its not about liberals its about a cancer causing tobaco i hope you never have to be subjected to life saving drugs to rid the cancer from your body if you ever do you will be asking god every day to save your life and then you will be asking your self why did i smoke i should have listened to people then it will be to late to turn back the clock.

March 20, 2010
3:40 p.m.

[ Suggest removal ]
airedale ( airedale ) says...

No,jamesbond, it's about the voters, it's about people being told who and what to vote for by their parties, their unions, their TV networks.

The American voter is lazy, ignorant of the issues and a lemming when it comes to all things political.
TV dictates public opinion, peer pressure steers elections, and everyone is afraid to raise his voice against the PC crowd.
So many of the basic freedoms we use to enjoy are being legislated out from under us...not by majority of will, but failure to react to pressure from organized well funded special interests.

BTW I suffer from COPD, and that smoke bothers me too, but certainly not at the park or a picnic ground. The guy smoking that cigar paid as much to enjoy that park as you did, and his smokes are just as legal to use as that can of soda in your hand...and I would not consider it necessary to ban smoking in the great outdoors any more than I would consider condoning allowing the government into your bedroom.

Also...that was one LONG sentence you wrote there fella!

March 22, 2010
3:03 p.m.

[ Suggest removal ]
anichols ( anichols ) says...

Get Real.

 

columnists & blogs


Log into Dailygazette.com

Forgot Password?

Subscribe

Username:
Password: