The comparison isn't made in this particular article, but I keep hearing the smoking analogy, which is pointless. Smoking in restaurants isn't banned due to ill health effects on the smokers (if that was the goal, smoking would have to outlawed all together) but because of the effects of second hand smoke. Banning trans-fats seems more like Big Brother monitoring what John and Jane Doe choose to eat. Personally, I have avoided trans-fats for years. Very rarely, I'll have a Krispy Kreme donut when they show up at work, but even then, I cut it in half. I don't use them in my home cooking and rarely, if ever, indulge when I'm out, but I don't want the choice taken away from me, either.
Sep 29, '06
Quote from mercyteapot
As a non-smoker, I object to cigarette smoke and don't think that people have the right to expose to me to the toxins in which they choose to partake. As a person who tries to avoid trans-fat, I am not being exposed to the palm oil or lard or whatever other restaurant patrons may choose to enjoy. It isn't the same thing at all.
I beg to differ - it is the same thing.
I don't come to your house and demand that you follow my rules just as you can't come to my house and tell me how I should do things. Property rights
mean just that - rights
. If I decide smoking is ok in my house - who are you or anybody else for that matter to complain? Am I forcing you to enter and stay on my premises? Just because any private establishment is open for business to the general public doesn't make it a public space.
You don't have to
go to restraunts that patronise smoking on their premises - you can patronise those restraunts which don't allow smoking on their premises.
I'm sorry if I sound like a stickler on this issue - but people don't realise the value and importance of property rights. Property is more than just things made of brick and mortar. ALL
of our individual rights arise from property rights.
Any government that doesn't recognise the vital importance of property rights, doesn't care about any other right.
Mercy, I agree that we disagree
Last edit by Roy Fokker on Sep 29, '06