I once listened to a woman complain that smoking should be banned because it was a public health risk that affects others as much or more than the smoker. Then she drove away in her SUV. Hypocrite, shouldn’t she be riding a bike or be on horseback?
I could care less if they ban smoking or not but I ask that laws be fair. If smoking should be banned because it is a public health risk then cars should be illegal as well. In fact it can be argued that cars will do more damage to the public than smoking in the long run.
If smokers have to pay a large tax on tobacco products to cover the rising healthcare costs, shouldn't the smoker be able to use his/her empty packs of cigarettes as a type of insurance card for smoking related illnesses? After all the extra tax he/she is paying is intended to be used for paying for these costs right?