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Public Smoking Discussion
by Dave Kiffer


May 01, 2004

The fact that we are all discussing the issue of public smoking is a good thing even if we are having sharp disagreements over limiting smoking in some places. While personal rights are an important part of our society it is also important for society to decide what rights can or should be limited for the betterment of all.

Here's a situation I think we can all agree on:

On Thursday, I was driving through town enjoying a rare sunny day. I noticed a young blond woman (I would guess about 16 or 17) walking with her baby in one of those "snuggly" contraptions that holds the baby to the parent's chest. The young woman - like a depressingly large number of other teens - was puffing away, and the smoke was going right into the baby's face. You ever just want to walk right up to someone and shake them? By the time I turned the car around, she was nowhere to be seen.

If we can't come up with a way to prevent that sort of thing from ever happening again, then unfortunately as a society we are just blowing smoke.

Dave Kiffer
Ketchikan, AK - USA



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