Caving in to BigPharma propaganda and elitist special interest groups who want to direct the lives of other people since they know what is best for them, cities around the country are violating their public trust in approving new ordinances that further limits individual freedom of choice, and deprives business owners of their private property rights.
Like the most famous anti-tobacco and anti-smoking advocate in the first half of the 20th century, fascist politicians are more than happy to use their tyrannical powers to impose their will upon its citizens.
- What gives non-smokers in our cities the right to use the force of law to restrict the rights and freedoms of people who choose to smoke?
- Why does the government feel the need to intervene in our free market economy when the smoking issue has been taking care of itself over the past several years?
- If tobacco products are so harmful as social propagandists would have you believe, why don’t they ban the product outright?
Freedom demands choice by business owner and customer. And, private property rights are best preserved when property owners are free to use their property as they see fit. Owners of bars, restaurants, and other businesses have, and should continue to have, the absolute right to permit or deny smoking on their property. They have for years been “voluntarily” regulating smoking and non-smoking in their businesses without the need for government mandated regulations, and without the need for government enforcement.
As I have argued before, smoking bans are NOT about public health…
they are about money, control, and jurisdiction.
Today’s Anti-Smoking Hysteria has been engineered, funded, and very intentionally generated by powerful economic interests that stand to make zillions by making you and other smokers suffer hugely unfair punitive taxation, social ostracism, invasive and humiliating legal bans and social taboos, tax attacks, embarrassment, and psychological distress. The interests behind the hysteria are known today as the Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex. They are the most powerful economic force on earth after the Military Industrial Complex and, perhaps, Big Oil. This blindly profit driven force has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into bogus junk science and international anti-smoking campaigns. They’re doing this, of course, because they stand to make even larger amounts in the lucrative smoking cessation business.
The rise of the anti-smoking sentiment in America coincides with society’s shift from accepting personal responsibility to attaching blame for just about everything on someone or something else other than where the true blame resides. Along with abandoning personal responsibility, “enlightened” Americans have renounced reason and truth and have handed over the control of their lives to a power hungry conglomerate of politicians, lawyers, judges, and quasi health professionals.
Unnecessary smoking bans criminalize people for choosing to use products that are completely legal. We don’t need more laws intended to keep people safe from harms that they themselves can easily avoid, just by staying out of those places where people are smoking. For the people who value being in the smoky place more than they dislike the negative effects of the smoke, they can make that decision.
Charlie Claycomb, co-chair of the Tobacco Free Wichita coalition, asks why clean air is not a right when smoking is a right. The answer is that both clean air and smoking are rights that people may enjoy, as they wish, on their own property. When on the property of others, you may enjoy the rights that the property owner has decided on. Most intelligent people can quickly sense upon entering a bar or restaurant whether people are smoking. If they don’t want to be around cigarette smoke, all they have to do is leave. No government regulation is needed: just leave. Likewise, employees may make the same decision. There are plenty of smoke-free places for people to work if they don’t want to be around smoke.
It’s long past time for freedom loving Americans to stand up and be counted.
- You should immediately STOP contributing your money to socialist special interest groups like the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and the American Lung Association who stand in opposition to all that makes America good.
- You should immediately STOP eating at establishments that restrict your freedom. Next time you go to a restaurant where they tell you that you can’t smoke… get up and LEAVE. Be sure to tell the manager why you’re leaving and that you will not return until they restore your individual freedom of choice.
- You should DEMAND accountability of your elected city government representatives.
- Perhaps there should be a public demonstration where smokers and business owners defy the ban and stage mass smoke-ins. Sure, they may face fines if they are convicted, but since money is one of the primary motivators behind this ordinance, mass protests against this fascist regime could cost the city much more. The city’s office of central inspection, environmental services department, police department, and other city departments could be overwhelmed by protestors causing massive additional work loads for city inspectors and enforcement agencies.
- Nanny state elitists and other anti-Americans should be shown the way to their local airports where they can take the next flight out to a more like-minded environment like China, Russia, or Iran where their collectivist ideas are embraced. Since they hate freedom so much, they should leave now.
Smoking Bans are NOT About Public Health… It’s About FREEDOM… and whether freedom is something worth fighting for.
“Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.” – Abraham Lincoln