Last month I wrote about how Washington’s smoking ban forced elderly smokers out of the well-ventilated smoking lounge inside their retirement home and into the cold and rain of the “Butt Hutt” located 25 feet outside the building. Today the Evening Telegraph and Post reports on how an eighty-five-year-old man in Scotland died just two days after a smoking ban went into effect as he tried to step outside a pub to have a cigar.
As he walked across the lounge of his local, Mr Donachie stumbled forward and hit his head on the bar top before falling to the ground in front of shocked regulars…
His son Stewart said today he was angry his father, who he described as a “cheery lad” who enjoyed a couple of drinks, had been forced outside for his cigar.
He called for new provisions to be made for the elderly and disabled under the terms of the smoking ban.
He said, “During the day I’d always gone outside with him to have his smoke to make sure he was OK.
“I didn’t see him getting up that once and he fell and cracked his head against the bar. He died of a brain haemorrhage.
“I believe if the ban hadn’t come in then he would have been sitting at the table and he would have still been here today.
“I think there should be leeway for older and disabled people not to have to go out in the rain for a cigar or cigarette.
“A prime example was on Sunday night when the ban came in. I was in a bar when the staff had to push an old lad outside in his wheelchair. It is ridiculous.”
What do you think, nanny staters? Sounds like a good idea to me. Or should eighty-five year old men and people in wheelchairs be perilously forced out of doors to save healthy young bar workers from the ravages (ravages, I say!) of second hand smoke? If I haven’t run all of you off yet, answer in the comments.
And don’t forget, Jason’s “Smoking is healthier than fascism” t-shirts are available here.
[Via Leonardo at To The People.]