To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The advocacy groups against smoking are doing a bang-up job to the point of having smoking banned from the workplace, stadiums (even open-air ones), parks and beaches, and imposing their will on malls and government buildings. All non-smokers and even smokers such as I would agree that there should be no smoking in the workplace, inside malls and government buildings, even on school property. But the advocacy groups go further, going so far as to have smoking banned up to several hundred feet from a building. Even Starbucks has applied a no-smoking zone some 25 feet from its businesses. What’s next -- can’t smoke outside at all?
These non-smoking campaigners have blinders on to something even more deadly; carbon monoxide from vehicles. We attack the smoker yet we ride around in our vehicles sending tons more toxins into the air than cigarettes, air that our kids breathe, yet where is the fight for more regulations on the automotive industry?
Though these non-smoking groups fight tooth and nail against smokers, they don’t give a second thought to what their vehicles do to the quality of our air and to the environment. When sales/excise taxes keep piling up on cigarettes, non-smokers don’t care, but start adding additional taxes to gasoline and boy does the screaming of injustice start. Kind of ironic.
SCOTT R. THERRIEN