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Re: “Smoke-Free Nation

Wow this article really is really on the money. I agree that secondhand smoke is unhealthful and annoying in INDOOR places because smoke smoke lingers in the air and hurts your eyes and throat, and probably after many years of constant exposure could put you at en elevated risk of illness.

However, we are talking about OUTDOOR places. Do we forget that outside, smoke rapidly dissipates into the air? Smoke does not linger outside. There is 25 years of research saying that indoor secondhand smoke is dangerous, yet we have next to nothing saying that outdoor smoking is dangerous. Even this article concedes that the one Standford study saying outdoor smoking could be harmful was only under certain circumstances. Please show me proof that ONE person has died or been seriously injured by a breath of smoke in an outdoor place. Gosh, people are acting like one breath of smoke outside diluted by air is going to kill them. If smoke was that lethal, tobacco would be illegal. But its not. It's like comparing apples and oranges. What is harmful in enclosed indoor places is not always in an outdoor setting, where there is air movement such as wind and breezes.

People, look at the world around us. We live in a smog-choked society overrun with diesel trucks and SUVs, yet we are paranoid of the non-existent health risks of secondhand smoke in outdoor places. Let us not forget that smoking is legal, and since there is no proof that outdoor smoking is damaging our society other than annoying a few self-righteous, over-zealous anti smoking advocates, I see no reason why these draconian laws need to be enacted.

Once again, I fully support all smoking bans in INDOOR places. I even support a law saying no smoking within a reasonable distance of a building - say 10 or 15 feet. But in outdoor places - give me a break! I hope I'm not the only person who thinks that the bay area cities have more pressing problems than outdoor smoking.

I wish to thank the city councils of all the bay area cities for these bans. You don't know how happy I am now that I can sit on a streetside patio or stand on the sidewalk and breathe in all the smog and heavy emissions from trucks, buses, and SUVs without having to risk my health by breathing in any secondhand smoke from those damn smokers. Thanks so much for improving my quality of life!!!

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Posted by Ryan on 07/03/2008 at 10:23 AM

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