Governor Culver will likely sign a smoking ban bill soon. This is welcome news to me. It will be so nice to go out to eat and not have to worry about breathing in someone else's cigarette smoke. Or worse, my kids breathing it in.
I understand what people are saying about how government shouldn't tell people what to do. But my argument for that is simple - their smoking affects my health and my kids' health. Therefore they don't have the right to do it in a public place where we are both welcome. You would think it would be common sense. You would think all smokers wouldn't want to hurt other people with their secondhand smoke. And a lot of them do care. A lot of smokers are very considerate and that's greatly appreciated by people like me who don't smoke. But since some of them demonstrate that other people's health doesn't matter to them when they smoke in restaurants or bars where people are eating, for example, then I guess the government does have to step in.
And I do understand that this is a tough issue for some smokers because they have tried a million different methods and just can't seem to make that quitting plan stick. And while I care about those people, I think banning smoking in public places will actually help them. The less places they have to smoke, it seems to me the easier it'll be to quit.
I am just glad this smoking ban is finally going to happen.