Smoking ban takes effect in Illinois
I think it's really over-reaching and unjustified.
But what do you think?
I realize this is likely a futile effort, as those who don't smoke will simply say it's a good thing, ignoring the larger issues of individual rights, whether such a ban is justified or even needed, etc. and smokers won't like it.
But perhaps even some non-smokers out there might see where it could be considered over-reaching. After all, I'm not sure it's anywhere in the consitution that government should ensure that no one ever be annoyed at any time. (and arguing that non-smokers are harmed by "second-hand smoke" argument doesn't fly in my opinion. Not only is evidence sketchy at best, it's hard to see how anyone could be damaged in any substantial way by breathing some wisps of smoke from someone sitting far from them, or how they could be harmed by a venue such as the Mark having an outdoor smoking area.)
Anyone given this any thought?
Is it the job of government to be health zealots? Is it their job to ban anyone from freely choosing to smoke in public? Isn't the fact that smokers contribute literally hundreds of millions in taxes enough to make up for any possible cost to society from smokers?