My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Going too far on smoking....

I agree with Stossel - sometimes we go too far.
I once interviewed the mayor of the tiny community of Friendship Heights, Md. He got his town to pass the most stringent anti-smoking law in America. It banned cigarette smoke outdoors.

"We're elected to promote the general welfare, and this is part of the general welfare," he told me. After I interviewed him, he was arrested for touching a 14-year-old boy's genitals in a bathroom at Washington National Cathedral. The village council finally repealed his law. Finally, we know what it takes to get an anti-smoking law repealed.

Unfortunately, the busybodies keep running for office and, once elected, keep imposing new restrictions on our freedom.

So far, they haven't prohibited smoking entirely. So far. But Tom Constantine, who ran the Drug Enforcement Administration under President Clinton, once told me: "When we look down the road, I would say 10, 15, 20 years from now, in a gradual fashion, smoking will probably be outlawed in the United States."

That is the road we're moving down. New York and California already ban smoking in restaurants and bars. All but two counties of West Virginia have some sort of anti-smoking law. Two cities in Georgia have, like Friendship Heights, banned smoking in public parks. This week, Chicago's city council may ban smoking in most public places.
Shouldn't smkers have a few bars?


Blogger Road Hammer said...

I think they should. Instead of banning smoking in all bars and restaurants, entrepreneurs should be allowed to designate their establishments smoking or non, as they wish. Let the market decide.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous R.J. said...

Instead of wasting all the money on anti-smoking bylaws, countless political hours that could have been spent doing something more productive. The country should ban smoking and get rid of it all together, lets face it it is just a government cash fund. I smoke myself and wish they were banned from sale in Canada. Most of the population would have to quit including myself and we would all be better off health wise and financially. Then we wouldnt have to listen to these hypocritical governments say they care about health but still allow the sale of a product wich has cost so much money and lives over the years.
Just my opinion!

3:18 PM  

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