Illinois House passes statewide smoking ban - News
In a letter to the editor published in the Commentary section of the Sunday Chicago Sun-Times, Timothy J. Barhum of Palos Park presents a well crafted jab at the "Dorthy Dogooders" whom he thanks mockingly offers, "Congratulations on taking away my choice and totally ignoring my rights as a citizen." Barhum concedes that as a smoker of 42 years, he is as aware as anyone that smoking is not good for one's health, but effectively counters with the argument that it is not illegal (at least not yet) and the taxes levied on the sale of tobacco fill the tight margins of the politicians pork barrel spending programs. For Barhum, it is obvious that public places, offices and most workspaces should be nonsmoking, but going to a bar or restaurant is a choice, and the "twenty-four percent of the population that smokes can no longer go out to dinner or have a drink with friends and family and relax with a smoke because your (non-smoker's) rights are obviously more important than mine, and I guess we can't have both because you have decided for all of us."
I am of a similar opinion as that voiced by Mr. Barhum in his open letter to the editor of the Sun-Times, that all establishments in the food and bar industry should be given the option, but forced to choose and advertise as chosen. I cannot understand why non-smokers can't just stay away from places that reject their snobbish disregard for the liberty of the minority and diluted concept that they have a right to impose communal health initiatives. It is beyond question, in my opinion, that laws banning smoking in public places which are justified as measures taken to protect the health of citizens who already choose to not smoke, are tantamount to the fascism that tormented the world in the first half of the 20th century.