Letter: Smoking ban minor when compared to other issues


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Sylvia Rathburn

Franklin

To the editor:

In regard to your Our Point on the smoking ordinance, Dec. 15.

At age 68, I have smoked most of my adult life. I don’t recommend it as a desirable habit.

You want to treat the smoking ban strictly as a matter of public health. There are many unhealthy jobs besides (bar-keeping), and we cannot or don’t want to change the causes. One usually chooses a job with one’s preferred environment.

Some of the food available to the consumer is unhealthy. We wish you would employ your vigilance toward that very serious matter. Read at least “Fast Food” (at your library), and you’ll be more scared of your hamburger than of my cigarette at less than a 50-foot distance away from you.

A healthy job environment is questionable for many of us, exposed to exhaust from thousands of cars. Your newspaper or health departments seem very silent about this.

For an unscientific test, lock yourself in a garage with a smoker and a running car engine. Given two options, 1) shut off the engine; 2) get rid of the smoker. Given your fanatic repulsion toward smokers you’ll opt for No. 2, in which case you’ll be dancing on a hot stove.

But you want to be there for the vote on tobacco prohibition or not to lose out on the tobacco tax.

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