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Old 09-01-2008, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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HARRISBURG, Pa. - The clock is ticking down on Pennsylvania smokers who want to light up in many public spaces. A statewide smoking ban goes into effect in less than two weeks — 90 days after it was signed by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

Statewide smoking ban soon taking effect in Pa. - Yahoo! News (broken link)
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:41 AM
 
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Another freedom lost!
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Another freedom lost!
Another freedom gained---My freedom to dine wherever I choose without having to hack up a lung!
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Old 09-01-2008, 05:09 PM
 
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Ever heard of NON-SMOKING.
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Ever heard of NON-SMOKING.
Yes. If restaurants had taken all necessary precautions in the past to ensure that smoking and non-smoking sections were properly segregated, then this wouldn't have been such an issue, now would it? I can't tell you the number of establishments I visited in the past where a "non-smoking" section was adjacent to the "smoking" section. The best example of this was the Donut Connection in Pittston Township, where you could be sitting in a booth literally abutting another booth where people could be lighting up. What's up with that?
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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I am confused. do you not have the right to dine where you want now? I usually chose where I go to eat, and if I want non smoking, I go to non smoking. bans are extremely dangerous. I have said this before and I will say it again. I am not a smoker, but if I was, I would do this. I would start chewing tobacco at every non smoking restaurant I went to. I would spit into a cup and drool while people watched me while they were eating. then we will see how their appetite is. come on people, non violent protest!

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Another freedom gained---My freedom to dine wherever I choose without having to hack up a lung!
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Old 09-01-2008, 07:06 PM
 
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I agree that smoking is a bad addiction to have I quit two years ago and it extremely hard and to this day i find it hard to be around smokers without wanting to light up but its there right to smoke who are we to tell them they can't. I understand the dangers of second hand smoking and i fully agree with the fact some resturants do not seperate smoking from non as they should but i believe the state should move more towards fixing that problem than banning taxpayers rights.
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Old 09-01-2008, 07:18 PM
 
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As of three weeks ago, this 30 year, 3 packs a day smoker has quit. The Chantix is helping this time, not like the last time, but I think that a lot of it is I was ready. I am not craving a cig so far, but I am not going to be one of those righteous, indignant non=smokers, or ex=smokers. It is their right to smoke until it is made illegal. And when it is made illegal, then we can kiss another one of our freedoms goodbye. Most of you don't realize that inch by inch we are expecting big government to take care of us, and we give up a right in order for them to do so. Maybe when we lose freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, etc. you folks will get indignant.
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Old 09-01-2008, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I wonder how many of you up in arms over the government "taking away your rights" by banning smoking in restaurants are also similarly indignant over the government meddling with the affairs of same-sex couples who seek to wed. After all, if the government should "not be meddling with our freedoms," then why on Earth can't my partner and I walk hand-in-hand through Downtown Scranton en route to walking down the aisle? Since the majority in this state are opposed to same-sex marriage, I would have to surmise that a good lot of you that are decrying the ban on smoking in public establishments are hypocrites.
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Old 09-01-2008, 08:04 PM
 
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i dont know about majority in that state but the way i see it that also is you and your partners rights but shouldnt that be for another forum not a non smoking resturant forum.
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