Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Huzzah!

It's official - you cannot smoke in an enclosed public space in Ontario. As a raging non-smoker, this is great news.

A smoker standing around smoking impacts me. Me standing around not smoking impacts no one.

Take a deep breath, Ontario. Not too deep - there's another smog advisory today.

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7 comments:

Christian Conservative said...

"Huzzah!"??? Are you a Yorker or something? If so, long live the KRRNY! (pronounced, Krin-ny)

Anonymous said...

I am an ex-smoker and never smoked ever again, and glad that this is pushing through. However, why not ban or abolish cigarettes and cigars altogether rather than this half measure. While we are at it, can they also prohibit alcohol in public places , why not perfume, etc... Slippery slope isn't it ?

Oh I forgot, all governments (municipal, provincial, and federal) also benefit from the tobacco industry and make money in taxes on these ... Yah !!! Huzzah!

Lord Kitchener's Own said...

Actually, governments spend more money treating illnesses caused by smoking than they make from the taxes on smoking, so smoking is a net revenue loss for the government.

Anyone else who is in favour of the ban might want to make a comment to Brent Colbert (http://brentcolbert.com/blog/2006/05/31/you-can-still-smoke-on-my-patio/) who thinks this is a draconian law based on made-up science. I fear any comment I leave will be taken as meaningless drivel from a left-leaning socialists determined to ban smoking without backing up my claims of its ill-effects with "real" science. Maybe some of my more conservative friends would like to try to convince him that this law is a good idea.

Anonymous said...

Heh - you guys are behind the times. We banned smoking in public places in Newfoundland and Labrdaor a year and a half ago!

haha, just joshing you. Congratulations, and enjoy your smoke free environment!

Sean said...

I can't wait for the day that Alberta grows a pair and finally does the same.

Calgary city council passed a ban in 2004...that doesn't come into effect until 2008. Cowards.

Jim said...

What I'd like to see is for all these pro-smoking advocates to start petitions to let teachers smoke in schools, doctors to smoke in hospitals ... Since there is no "proof" that second hand smoke kills, after all.

Anonymous said...

There is no proof that SHS kills. It could be one of many factors that contribute to a persons illness but not 1 illness or 1 death has ever been etiologically associated with Second Hand Smoke. If the government really cared about the public's health, as they claim to when enacting the smoking ban, they would invest more money to stop pollutants, instead of worrying of the microscopic dangers of SHS.