Friday, January 18, 2008

Smoking Bans Bad for one IL Business (Article)

Here's an article I found about one IL businesses in Marshall, IL struggling with a smoking ban.

ARTICLE LINK


I see this hangout isn't successful with the smoking ban unlike that Elgin hangout I heard about from an antismoker who I'll keep anonymous with his conspiracy theory BS.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Nearly 600 smoking ban violations reported in IL

ARTICLE LINK

I don't think folks are "refusing to tattle" on smokers violating the ban. Maybe some of those
smokers are pulling out small threats to make sure nobody "tattles." :)

The number of reports within Chicago is very small. So I'm inclined to believe smokers are making threats to nonsmokers if they decide to report the "violators." And even if smokers ain't using threats to keep those nonsmoking mouths shut, maybe there are more owners NOT enforcing the ban than what one may think. :)

A Federal smoking ban?

ARTICLE LINK

(This is actually an article from 2 years ago. But it's still interesting reading to me.)

This article claims 45 percent Americans would support a fed smoking ban. The poll was conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance.

One forum poster said antis ain't interested in a fed smoking ban...they pleased with local bans. If this was true, why did I see a bro representing the ACS try his hardest to push for an IL smoking ban? He didn't seem to be happy with local bans....including the Chicago smoking ban.

I hope this article is joking about half of America wanting a national smoking ban...and I'm dead serious! If you really wanted to ask every American "Should we ban smoking on a fed level?" I bet less than half of Americans would vote NO.

If the ALA believes spending more money can help convince more teens to never smoke, then I hope they distribute some of that money to the teen smokers in the streets. To help support those teens' other expenses in life aside from having enough cigs. Because wasting money on programs to make fewer teens and fewer adults never start smoking is a serious waste of time.

You try telling a teen in my area to never start smoking or quit smoking now.Or you can even say the same words t an adult smoker here. I guarantee that you will get a negative reaction from both groups.

While antis believe in wasting money to help put an end to teen smoking and adult smoking....that cash can be used for something a lot more legit. Like maybe give Medicare/Medicaid more money so people can afford expensive medication.

I'm getting tired of hearing "We want to curb teen smoking as well as adult smoking with a huge smoking ban." A fed ban won't stop me from smoking. And it's not gonna stop a person younger than me from smoking eitha.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I hate prisons, especially smoke-free prisons

I hate prisons. When cops put you in cuffs and then behind bars, you have NO freedoms whatsoever. Sure you have the right to eat, drink, sleep, and use a toilet. And you can probably go outside within prison grounds and play basketball. But you don't have any REAL freedoms in a prison.

And now, Illinois has banned smoking not just in prisons, but even outside of the prisons! I read some states ban smoking in prisons, but criminals can smoke outside within prison grounds.

No smoking in or out of an IL prison is a nice incentive for those criminals to bust outta jail for good. And it's a nice incentive to make criminals even MORE smarter when doing business in the streets. Because once you get caught by a Chicago cop, you can say buh-bye to cigs for good! Unless you get bailed out.

Never mind those criminals getting more violent without smoking. When people can't smoke, they get arrogant, vicious, and may even KILL THEMSELVES (via fights) in those prisons!


And when you have violence in a prison due to a smoking ban, then sheet! Those criminals oughta be out in the streets doing that bad stuff! How the heck is a prison any safer?

But do you think they're gonna do their OWN version of street smart? I know I'd hate living in ANY smoke-free place for the rest of my life, prisons included!

Monday, January 14, 2008

A Nationwide smokers petition online

Please read over and sign this petition.

It is really a nationwide petition for an investigation into the fraud and corruption that is
behind the smoking bans, and violations of private property rights.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Don't patronize restaurants with patios if you smoke

Here's what I had to say (in a group post) about smokers saying NO to visiting restaurants with patios.

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Meanwhile, my belief is I shouldn't visit a restaurant with a patio. That patio is like a trap for smokers. If you visit a restaurant/patio, you are STILL showing support for the ban by agreeing to eat your meals outside.

My life started out in a time where you could still smoke indoors. There was no such thing as outdoor smoking back then (albeit I was a kid as well). If I'm gonna eat in a restaurant, I'm smoking inside...I don't care how nice it is outside. And no business deserves my money since I ain't welcome as a smoker. And even smoking outside at a patio shows that if I'm smoking out there, then I'm still breaking my own beliefs by supporting the restaurant.

Til the ban gets revoked, if that restaurant/patio wants my money, the owner can beg me as much as he wants. It would be appalling to hear of smokers eating outside at a patio at this time of the year when it's too darn cold to smoke outside period.

A patio is tempting. But I think (and this is only my opinion) smokers should still keep their wallets shut when it comes to restaurants with patios.

That patio to me is like an outdoor version of sitting in the back of the restaurant. If I refuse to sit in the back, what makes a 21st century restaurant owner think I'll sit outside to eat so I can smoke?