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Old 10-20-2010, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I'm all about freedom, but if it affects me or my kids personally, then I have an issue with it, so I do support this new policy. I am highly sensitive to cigarette smoke. Smoke all you want but don't force smoke into my lungs, which is what you do when you smoke in an enclosed place.
It's not an enclosed space, it's a bus stop. Why not ban cars and the busses you wait for while your'e at it since their pollutants are FAR worse than the cigarette smoke?
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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It's because we've all become more aware over the last several years (or perhaps decades at this point) of just how harmful smoking really is -- especially secondhand smoke. So the discussion is no longer about convenience or preference, but rather about health and well-being. One person's decision to compromise his or her own health is no longer an excuse to put an entire room's (or bus shelter's) at risk as well.
yet you cannot prove a single incidence of cancer or heart disease has ever been caused by second hand smoke.

It's not even enough for the nanny staters to banish indoor smoking, they want to banish outdoor smoking with their even crazier claims of "third hand smoke"..
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:12 PM
 
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The bus stops they are referring to are the ones enclosed on three sides with an opening at either end on the front. Smoking in one of those will fog it up pretty good. Trust me I know.
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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The bus stops they are referring to are the ones enclosed on three sides with an opening at either end on the front. Smoking in one of those will fog it up pretty good. Trust me I know.
But it rapidly clears up. It' sno worse than if a tractor trailer drove by and black smoke was there, which is far worse than cigarette smoke. If you're going to ban things merely because they smell bad/annoy you then you'd have to have fines for people farting (people fart on the metro so badly I come very close to vomiting) homeless people who smell like urine, fragrant foods, etc....
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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fines for people farting

hmmmm.... now that's one way to balance the budget...
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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hmmmm.... now that's one way to balance the budget...
I'm not kidding, some people cut deadly ones... Mere exposure to cigarette smoke fo ra couple moments isn't going to harm you, but these farts make you feel sick. Thank God it's pretty rare, but it's just god aweful when it happens.. For some reason it happens more on the blue line.
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Old 10-20-2010, 03:05 PM
 
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Smoking in bus shelters isn't being banned solely for the annoyance associated with it. It is being banned because it is a health risk as defined by the gov't. Kinda like drinking and driving, you are posing a risk to those around you, so you can't. If smoking wasn't bad for you and those around you, then there wouldn't be mandated warnings on cigarette packs worldwide about the dangers associated with smoking. Cigarette companies would have been able to mount an effective counter to the accusations of the health risks that smoking posed. They couldn't, because they knew it was true. Tractor trailer that emit noxious black smoke are in the wrong and are taken care of when they get their inspections. The smoke that comes out of them is a necessary evil due to the commerce they provide. Cigarette smoke is not a necessary evil, it is a lifestyle choice made by individuals who chose to take the risks associated with smoking. I as a a smoker should not force my lifestyle choice on those around me by subjecting them to my second-hand smoke in an enclosed space. I am not sure why you object to what boils down to being courteous to those around you.
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Old 10-20-2010, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Smoking in bus shelters isn't being banned solely for the annoyance associated with it. It is being banned because it is a health risk as defined by the gov't. Kinda like drinking and driving, you are posing a risk to those around you, so you can't. If smoking wasn't bad for you and those around you, then there wouldn't be mandated warnings on cigarette packs worldwide about the dangers associated with smoking. Cigarette companies would have been able to mount an effective counter to the accusations of the health risks that smoking posed. They couldn't, because they knew it was true. Tractor trailer that emit noxious black smoke are in the wrong and are taken care of when they get their inspections. The smoke that comes out of them is a necessary evil due to the commerce they provide. Cigarette smoke is not a necessary evil, it is a lifestyle choice made by individuals who chose to take the risks associated with smoking. I as a a smoker should not force my lifestyle choice on those around me by subjecting them to my second-hand smoke in an enclosed space. I am not sure why you object to what boils down to being courteous to those around you.
So ban cars. Cars pose a huge risk to pedestrians, especially if you've been reading the local news recently, with all the run over pedestrians.

Lots of people have unhealthy healthstyles. Look at all the obese people you see. Why not ban fried foods and junk food?

Why not allow smokers to smoke in places that smokers choose to go to and non smokers can easily choose not to go into? Why is that that too much for the nanny staters?

Sorry, but the cars driving on the street pose a much greater risk to the safety of people in bus shelters than does a smoker does.
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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It seems that all you want is an argument and after trying to explain my views on the point, you just throw up more silly arguments. I smoke and ride the bus in Fairfax County, I don't have a problem with this law. I see why the law is in place and you do not want to. Please explain to me what your problem is with the law and try not to use political buzz words that are bandied about by people who need a crutch.

You ask to ban cars in a culture that was born around the convenience of personal transportation. Not gonna happen.

You ask to ban fried foods and junk foods. Schools are currently taking actions to remove those type of foods from their menus and fast food establishments are taking actions to make their junk appear healthier to the American public.

You ask why ban smokers in places that they choose to go and non-smokers can choose not to go there. That isn't the heart of the issue, the heart of the issue is that smokers don't deserve that freedom anymore, just like drunk people don't deserve to drive. Society has come to understand and accept the inherent dangers in smoking and being around smokers in enclosed spaces.
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:29 PM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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But it rapidly clears up. It' sno worse than if a tractor trailer drove by and black smoke was there, which is far worse than cigarette smoke.
It is actually. A tractor trailer passes by in seconds. A smoker smokes for minutes, for the entire time one is at the bus stop. It basically hogs the bus shelter, not appreciated when its raining.
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