Re: More than 600,000 people killed by secondhand smoke every year
My take on that is, where public smoking was when I was growing up it was a SERIOUS infringement on my health. I remember being on airplanes as a child and just sucking secondhand smoke the entire time. One time in particular I simply couldn't breathe any more and developed my one and only asthma attack on an airplane. Just couldn't breathe any longer. Every night spot as I came of age was filled w/ smoke. It was either suck secondsmoke or never go out again w/ friends. My parents and grandparents smoked in cars, homes, etc...
I can not count the number of times I've been eating outside, hiking, at a swimming hole, or at some other public event and I had to move/ hold my breath/ jog away because a smoker decided to light up near me.
That said, it has became WAY less of a problem over the last 10 years. As a matter of public policy, smoking outside of your personal property just needs to be fully outlawed entirely. But I certainly respect people's right to smoke in their own home or car. Make it illegal even public outdoors and people will still smoke outdoors, just only when they are truly alone and know that they can get away w/ it. Which is reasonable.
Don't get me started on how otherwise perfectly decent people feel that they have the right to treat the world like their personal ashtray because they are smokers.
There is also another very real toll that smokers cause as well. Fires, and lots of them. But that is off topic.
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