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Say “no” to proposed smoking ban

Posted by Cullin on April 14, 2009

The Texas legislature had bills introduced that would enact a state wide smoking ban. This is a terrible idea for Texas.

Smoking bans are yet another form of the government trying to protect us from ourselves, which is an egregious overstepping of the bounds of government. This smoking ban would only limit the ability of businesses to do what they feel is right for their business.

People should be allowed to make decisions for themselves and not simply put under the rule of a central planning politburo. When choosing how to spend our paychecks, we should have the option of giving our hard earned money to places which do or do not cater towards smokers.

No one has ever been forced to go to a restaurant which allows others to smoke, any such decision was made on a personal level. Similarly, the citizens of Texas should not be forced to patron establishments which are unwilling to allow smoking.

If anything, this is only going to harm businesses that have frequent business from smokers. These places will see a drop of income from people who don’t want to have to work around a law, and will choose to instead stay home. This will be lost revenue in state sales taxes and quite possibly jobs at restaurants and bars.

What other groups will the state start discriminating against if this law is to pass. Will we not be able to drive cars that don’t get at least 30 miles a gallon, because the emissions might possibly harm someone. Will restaurants not be able to sell meat, because it might cause a heart attack?

It’s a slippery slope towards outright social engineering with these types of regulations, and we need to not allow our elected officials in Austin let these bills pass.

Call your representatives and let them know that you are against a state wide ban on smoking.

h/t Laura Elizabeth Morales

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2 Responses to “Say “no” to proposed smoking ban”

  1. Shawn M. Griffiths said

    You know, when the revised smoking ban in Dallas was originally proposed the ordinance was going to include cars. This part of the ordinance was removed, but Dallas still passed further restrictions on where people can smoke in public. This growing anti-smoking sentiment that is growing in the Texas Legislature is going to lead to ridiculous regulations like not being able to smoke in your car. This is how it always starts.

  2. Bob said

    Any tax exempt “charity ” that has become a political action committee that, instead of doing research and educating, their primary function, now spends huge sums of money to hire lobbyists and lawyers to make laws using GESTAPO tactics using LAW ENFORCEMENT, THREATS, INTIMIDITATION, , and SNITCHING to FORCE people to OBEY their guidelines will get NO DONATIONS from me, Since becoming political action commitees, I wonder why the IRS doesn’t get involved. Contributions to PACs are NOT tax deductable. All my donations are going to local events and groups that depend on local businesses and bingo halls, that the bans are affecting, for their support, Here are the groups taking that money away from them, all fed by big pharma through their Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Thank you American Cancer Society. We never knew all you do”.
    http://www.no-smoke.org/pdf/CIA_Fundamentals.pdf

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