Is this a sign?

I’ve only recently started following Oregon news, so I didn’t realize until this weekend that a state-wide smoking ban goes into effect there starting January 1. The state’s less paternalist tendencies were one of the things attracting me there over Seattle, and while the OR ban doesn’t quite reach Seattle levels of stupidity, it’s still pretty bad. It does, at least, include exemptions for existing cigar bars and tobacco shops.

I don’t smoke often and while working I do prefer being in a non-smoking bar, but still, sensible smoking policies are one thing I’m going to miss about tobacco-friendly Virginia.

Previously:
Smoking ban unfair, insulting
The magic of politics

Comments

  1. Mike says:

    Has the decision yet been made for OR, or is it still up in the air?

  2. Jacob Grier says:

    It was made in 2007. Because the state only does its budget every two years and had to consider the impact the ban would have on tax revenues, implementation was delayed until 2009.

  3. Mike says:

    I meant as to whether that was where you were moving :)

  4. Jacob Grier says:

    Oh, right. :) No, no decision yet. But I have to be out of my apartment on Thursday, so I’m leaving town soon regardless.

  5. david says:

    Addiction is like any other disease, with the exception of the fact that, like autism, schizophrenia, and anti-social personality disorder, is totally incurable and a huge financial and emotional drain on society.

    When a horse breaks it’s leg, it is ‘possible’ to treat the break, but the horse will never be the same. The only real option is to put it down. Few decisions are as agonizing for a horse breeder. It wasn’t the horse’s fault, but the breeder is responsible.

    Perhaps we should consider the same for people in the above categories. They are NOT ‘bad people’, they were just born with bad genes. They will never be cured, and they are clearly suffering. The kind and humane thing to do is to simply ‘let them go’.

    Even an addict who manages to ‘quit’ will remain an addict for life. They are inherently unstable people who could very easily wander off the path at any time. And that makes them dangerous.

    A cigarette smoker, for example, releases chemicals into the air which have been compared with those released during the Chernobyl reactor fire, albeit with not the quite same density of plutonium, but with the same carcinogenic tendencies. Though being exposed to Chernobyl at a distance of a few hundred feet would have killed you in minutes, exposure to a cigarette even ONE TIME at any appreciable distance is enough to trigger the growth of cancer. The body may fight it off a few times, but sooner or later…..either you quit them or they quit you.

    This is a problem we have all created. It’s time for us to come together an help these people alleviate their suffering with a humane passing. Write your congressional leaders in support of the Children’s Pulmonary Act, legalizing euthanazia for those with mental disorders such as addiction. It will be mandatory for all who test positive for this condition, but it will be attended to in a peaceful medical environment overseen by trained physicians who can treat the addicted with dignity and respect.

    This will save our society an untold amount of money currently being wasted on ‘treatment programs’ that never work, and cessation techniques that are completely overrated. Wouldn’t you rather than 10 billion dollars a year went back into your pocket? Wouldn’t you rather invest that money in your children’s college fun than wasted on some poor unfortunate soul who made the foolish decision to smoke, take drugs, or through no fault of their own, was born with a mental disorder that is untreatable?

    Remember, it wasn’t their fault they were born addicts, but it is our responsibility as a society to take care of our problem.

    Please consider being a part of our family and bring true change to this nation, and a bright and smoke-free future for our children and our children’s children.

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