Monday, July 14, 2008

Smokers should have their own places (Daily Herald)

Here's a I guess letta to the editor that reflects on one of my favorite topics and one of my strengths as a smoking activist. Here's anotha person who makes smokers sound like us. But he does it in different wording. This page's theme is smokers shouldn't be cut off from society (and have their own places to smoke instead), and I agree.

What's wrong with smokers having their own joints when Afro-Americans were legally allowed to have their own places? Neva mind the fact it's unfair for the non-Black smokers to receive the Black (negative) treatment from antismokers and the state of Illinois.

Oh yeah, we have our own communities nationwide afta being cut off from society ourselves. But if smokers tried forming smokers communities nationwide where most of the residents (in the area) are smokers, then I'll bet a million bucks smoke cops would invade a smokers community, and arrest as many folks as possible for smoking inside of places. Even if you live in your own community for smokers, you still need to abide by the same laws W folks abide by. Which includes...the smoking ban law. :(

Society can live with a Black community. But not a community with mostly smokers instead of mostly Blacks.

Comments area included on page.

Craig Brenner from Hanover Park is right on in his applause for smokers who are taking a stand against the silly smoking ban in Illinois.

Why can people who choose to smoke not have a place to assemble together? Are we afraid that a nonsmoker will want to join them? I don't get it.

No one is saying smoking is a good thing to do. I think we all know better than that, but some of us choose to smoke, and to not have a single bar or restaurant to go to, well, it seems a little unconstitutional to me.

My wife and I used to go the local tavern here in town every Friday. Have a couple of beers, a burger, play darts or whatever, and enjoy the camaraderie of neighbors.

Since Jan. 1, we have gone maybe three times and each time, the place had less than half the patronage it used to. So I am sure that bar owners are feeling the pinch too.

I wonder what freedom will be the next to go.

Terry Ficcardi


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