Michael Atherton wrote
Your father sitting next to me, my children or grand children and indulging
in heaping platters of meat and piles of french fries and onion rings does
nothing to affect my or my families health in any way. He should be allowed
to indulge in those activities as much as he likes.
I see, so since my father died of a heart attack, I have
have the right to ban all fried foods eaten in public
places? Not to mention most meat products.
Point: People have a choice to smoke or not smoke and
a choice of being exposed to secondhand smoke (except
for children and prisoners).
But when he lights up a cigarette and the smoke drifts over where I or my
children are forced to breathe it then his rights have ended.
As my favorite social studies teacher put it back in 9th grade, "Your right
to swing your fist ends where my nose begins."
The same applies to cigarette smoke. THAT is the Point.
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