Thursday, December 08, 2005

Everything's against the law in Winston-Salem (Smoking Ban, pt. 2)

Now that I've had some time to stew in my rage juices over the smoking ban, I wanted to better explain why I'm so angry at this.

With this ban, it's now effectively illegal to smoke tobacco in the city of Chicago. There are now two places you can smoke a cigarette: back alleys and your home. These are the same places it is safe to do any illegal drug: cannabis, heroin, cocaine, pick your poison. As such, tobacco has been placed in the same forbidden category.

This is the new modern American morality. When you can't outlaw a behavior outright, you simply place as many restrictions on it as you can, until it becomes practically banned. Abortion activists have done the same thing in the face of Roe v. Wade. Same goes for gun control and the Second Amendment. (Yeah, I'm against gun control, didn't see that coming did you?)

Anti-tobacco lobbyists failed to stop Americans smoking by banned advertisements on TV and radio and in magazines. They even got it removed from NASCAR. Still hasn't stopped people from smoking.

In their zeal to save all us dumb schmucks who can't be trusted to think for ourselves, they've only made it more taboo, ensuring that generations of teenagers will be even more eager to pick up the habit. Congratulations.

I'd also to note that the American Cancer Society has spent $2 million dollars as part of a media blitz and lobbying campaign for this ban. Money that would have been better spent on finding effective treatments or an outright cure for cancer. The people of the city of Chicago did not ask for this legislation. It was bought outright by a special interest group. They didn't lobby for a plebicite or public referendum by the ballot, but subverted democracy by going straight to our so-called representatives.

3 Comments:

Blogger Samuel A Love said...

Nice Woody Guthrie, Corry Harris, Wilco, Billy Bragg reference there...

Fri Dec 09, 10:31:00 AM PST  
Blogger Chico said...

Yes, thanks, I was hoping a few would get that; the irony was just too fitting to not use it.

Mon Dec 12, 12:28:00 PM PST  
Blogger Keely said...

The American Cancer Soceity will never find a cure for cancer-if they did they'd end up going out of business, because who would need them or continute to donate to them, if, in theory they wouldn't need to? Same to be said for AIDS, companies make WAY to much money off the medication to ever find a cure, or pardon me, let the general public know if they already have one. They will constantly continue to 'make great strides in treatments' but that's about it.
Cynnical? Yep.
Somewhat jaded? Sure.
But if we are able to make such great strides in the area of technology, then how about medicinal advances-let's get some good news we can use.

Wed Dec 14, 11:02:00 AM PST  

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