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Anti-smoking zealots score one for the squirrels

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JR, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. JR

    JR Active Member

    I read this and immediately thought of Zag. This should make his head explode.

    Town moves to ban smoking from beaches, parks and walking trails.

    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/03/08/anti-smoking-zealots-score-one-for-the-squirrels/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    And then after reading this I thought, "Hell, Zag could have WRITTEN it"

    There are several reasons for their zeal: hardly anyone ever complains about tougher smoking laws, other than the dwindling ban of determined smokers, and nobody cares about them. A ban isn’t expensive (especially if you don’t really do much to enforce it), it lets elected officials feel good about themselves, and enables town bodies to give the appearance of taking action when they aren’t really accomplishing much of substance.

    My sons' university, Acadia, bans smoking ANYWHERE on their property, including parking lots.

    Me, I don't have a problem with it.
     
  2. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    What you need to ban are sparrows.

    www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1172603/The-sparrow-turned-village-shop-ashtray-taking-lit-cigarette-nest.html
     
  3. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    There is no smoking allowed in any NYC park.

    Near as I can tell, it isn't enforced very hard, although they have thrown up signs here and there.

    Even if you get caught, you get one warning. So I always wondered about it, because do they nab you, check to see if you have been warned before and then go ahead with the summons? I Doubt any cops are wasting their times with that.
     
  4. JR

    JR Active Member

    It's like the law against talking on the cell phone while driving. You can choose to ignore the law and 99 times out of 100 you won't get caught.
     
  5. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    Now that I know this, I am going to take a pack of my cigarettes and the fattest Cuban cigar I can find with me to New York City next time I go - and I am going to sit on a bench in the middle of Central Park and smoke.

    And this excerpt from the original article says it all about just about every silly new law or ordinance that is passed and why I find it hilarious that some people think most government regulations exist to protect us from ourselves.......

    There are several reasons for their zeal: hardly anyone ever complains about tougher smoking laws, other than the dwindling ban of determined smokers, and nobody cares about them. A ban isn’t expensive (especially if you don’t really do much to enforce it), it lets elected officials feel good about themselves, and enables town bodies to give the appearance of taking action when they aren’t really accomplishing much of substance.
     
  6. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    I should be protected from smelling other's cigarette smoke. No one has a right to smoke in my prescence.
     
  7. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    So you can't smoke while sitting on a bench at the edge of an NYC park while, perhaps 20 yards behind you, a never-ending line of exhaust-belching buses pass by?
     
  8. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

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  9. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    Now you're highlighting how INexpensive such bans are. On the cellphone thread you were trying to convince us how very effortful and expensive they are.

    The value in these laws - such as it might be - is almost entirely as a psychological deterrent.
     
  10. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    I remember an episode of All In the Family where Archie said the whole anti-smoking thing is a product of big business.
    Meathead asked which big business.
    Archie said the companies that make the "No Smoking" signs.
     
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