Smoking bans in states "Yes or No" and why?

  1. I live in Illinois and they are trying to pass it so Illinois is smoke free. Do you agree that the government should step in and control whether you are aloud to smoke in certain places or not? And what do you think they will try and control next?
  2. 43 Comments

  3. by   txspadequeenRN
    i think the government should stay out of my business. if i feel like smoking i will, they will be telling us when we can poop!!!!
  4. by   TazziRN
    CA has been smoke free for several years and I love it. A few years ago Hubs and I went to Reno for a few days and I spent much of the time wheezing. I cannot remember the last time I needed a neb tx at home, but whenever we travel out of state I always need it because of this.
  5. by   Sisukas
    When smoking limits got put in place here in CA, people who ran restaurants and bars were worried that they would lose business; instead they found that non-smokers who couldn't go out before were coming out of the woodwork.
  6. by   kangaroo621
    I have lived in MA & NY and absolutely LOVE the smoking ban!! It makes eating out or getting drinks MUCH more enjoyable & I realize I don't STINK like disgusting cigarette smoke at the end of the evening!

    I don't care if smokers smoke in their own home, or somewhere else where I won't be subject to the irritation & health hazards, but smoking in a public place is inconsiderate & down right hazardous to our health.

    So yes, it is your liberty to kill YOURSELF by smoking, but killing other people in the process is irresponsible.
  7. by   jmgrn65
    Second hand smoke causes cancer. So yes I think the government, with the people voting it in can say whether or not you can smoke in PUBLIC. We just passed it here where I live. It was put to a vote. As far as when you poop that is up to you and it won't affect me or give me cancer.
  8. by   IShallWearPurple
    I don't think this is so much about the gov't micromanaging our lives....Rather it's a workplace safety issue, isn't it? It's really difficult to justify allowing smoking in places of business where employees will be harmed by the measurable toxins in the air...Even if said employees are chain smokers! It's under OSHA or something, I thought? I'm totally down with prohibiting smoking in workplaces.

    On the evening news in the last few months, I heard about this little boy (maybe 10 years old) , who is "lobbying" for legislation that would prohibit parents or adults from smoking in vehicles when children are in there, too. This seems far more intrusive, and I don't think I would support prohibiting smoking in personal vehicles... Just musing.

    For full disclosure, I was a pack a day smoker for 10+ years and thanks to the MA smoking ban (in part, anyway), I have been able to quit. I HATED the paternalistic overtones of this law at first, and now I just feel kind of quietly thankful for it. I really wonder if smoking will remain legal at all in the coming decades.
  9. by   Tweety
    I was never so happy as when the smoking ban took place in Florida. It's so nice to eat a meal without having it ruined by smoke. It's so nice to go bowling and not come home smelling like a cigarette.

    People still have the right to smoke, but I wholeheartedly agree with restricting where.
  10. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from Tweety
    People still have the right to smoke, but I wholeheartedly agree with restricting where.
    Well said.
  11. by   Mimi2RN
    It's sad that the government has to step in, but I thinks it's been good for us. I live in California, and love to go out and not be subjected to secondhand smoke. The invisible walls in restaurants didn't work. My son lives in Montana, quit smoking a year and a half ago, and appreciates working in a nonsmoking restaurant. His boss got ahead of the law, and has had no problems with sales in the restaurant or bar.

    If you want to smoke at home, that's your own problem.
  12. by   RainDreamer
    As of yesterday AZ is now a smoke-free state, yaye!!!!!!

    I'm definitely one for keeping the government from restricting us as much as possible, but when it comes to other people's safety/health then I feel like it's good that they're stepping in.

    If you want your food to smell and taste like an ash tray, then that's fine ... but I don't want mine smelling and tasting like that, no thanks!

    Now, what do you guys think about parents smoking around their kids? I guess that's a big thing for me because my dad smoked when we were little and I HATED it. My clothes always smelled like smoke. I had bad asthma growing up too, was always getting respiratory infections, etc. Is that fair to kids??
  13. by   prmenrs
    All I can say is, "Start liking it!" We used to have a nurse that would smoke in the bathroom after they outlawed it in the lounge--a whole 'nother story--and you'd come in a while later. The stench and carcinogens remained! :angryfire:
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have no problem with making public places smoke free. What you do in your home and on your property, your business. But when it interferes with my comfort and safety at a restaurant or other public place, I have a problem.